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College jobs can range from working at the school to working in the community.  You must qualify financially for a work study job by completing the federal financial aid form.  Non work study jobs do not require you to qualify financially.

*Be sure to seek out the assistance of the financial aid office to learn about the college work study and non-work study programs*


Work Study  |  Non-Work Study


Work Study


The Federal Work Study (FWS) Program provides funds that are earned through part-time employment to assist students in financing the costs of postsecondary education. Students can receive FWS funds at approximately 3,400 participating postsecondary institutions. Institutional financial aid administrators at participating institutions have substantial flexibility in determining the amount of FWS awards to provide to students who are enrolled or accepted for enrollment. Hourly wages must not be less than the federal minimum wage.


Financial need is determined by the Department, using a standard formula established by Congress, to evaluate the financial information reported on the FAFSA and to determine the expected family contribution (EFC). The fundamental elements in this standard formula are the student's income (and assets, if the student is independent), the parents' income and assets (if the student is dependent), the family's household size, and the number of family members (excluding parents) attending postsecondary institutions. The EFC is the sum of: (1) a percentage of net income (remaining income after subtracting allowances for basic living expenses) and (2) a percentage of net assets (assets remaining after subtracting an asset protection allowance). Different assessment rates and allowances are used for dependent students, independent students without dependents, and independent students with dependents. After filing a FAFSA, the student receives a Student Aid Report (SAR), or the institution receives an Institutional Student Institutional Student Information Report (ISIR), which provides the student's EF




Non Work Study


Campus jobs aren't exclusively for students receiving Federal Work-Study aid. Work-study students are given top priority, but other students can apply for campus jobs, particularly those related to their academic work (research or lab assistants, for example).



Working while in college offers the student more than just the chance to make money. College jobs allow students to work with faculty and administrators who can often serve as mentors. Just as importantly, campus jobs often provide students with the opportunity to examine various career options. At the very least, potential employers appreciate the fact that students worked while they were in college.




Although working while in college is important, it's not for everyone. Working, like the rest of one's college experiences, must be kept in perspective. Working should be a complement rather than a hindrance to your studies. Here are a few employment options to consider.


Summer Employment

Although resting up from the rigors of the academic year or lounging around at the beach are much more fun than working, summer jobs can make a college education much easier to finance. The average student can make from $1,500 to as much as $6,000 by working during the summer. And internships and other forms of summer employment provide a student with another chance to look at a variety of careers. If the student receives a need-based aid award, a summer savings expectation will be included in your family contribution.



Internships and Cooperative Education Programs


Internships and cooperative education programs provide students with wonderful opportunities to earn while they learn. Internships are generally available during the summer. Co-op programs, generally available during the academic year, often extend the period of enrollment beyond the normal four-year plan. This is something to consider since these programs often allow the student to work with potential employers while they are in school. This can be an invaluable experience and can sometimes lead to full-time employment after graduation. Check with your prospective college's career service office for details on both internships and co-op programs.