Federal Work Study
Federal work study authorization is given to students who demonstrate significant financial need based upon their FAFSA calculation. In addition, the student must indicate on their FAFSA that they are interested in "work study." This program is designed to provide work and income opportunities for university students to assist in paying for college. Students in this program may qualify for up to 20 hours of work per week during the academic year, although generally students work 8 - 10 hours per week. The starting wage for all student workers is the current minimum wage for the state of Ohio.
Once a student is authorized to receive federal work study aid, they must officially accept the award and then pursue employment by applying for a campus job. Actual hiring is done by department managers.
What is Federal Work-Study?
The Federal Work-Study Program provides the opportunity for undergraduate students with financial need to obtain a job which allows them to earn money to help pay education expenses. The program encourages community service work and work related to your course of study. Employment as a student worker is similar to employment elsewhere - each student must find a job, work assigned hours, and communicate with their supervisor.
How much will I make?
Your Federal Work Study wages will be at least the current minimum wage ($7.85/hour as of 1/1/2013), but it may be higher, depending on the type of work you do and the skills required. Your total Federal Work Study award depends on when you apply, your level of need, and Cedarville's funding by the federal government.
How will I be paid?
Student employees are paid bi-weekly based upon the number of hours worked during the payroll period. No Federal Work Study student may be paid by commission or fee. Cedarville will pay you directly, unless you request payments be made directly to your bank account or student account.
Are Federal Work-Study jobs on campus or off campus?
Both. If you work on campus, you'll usually work for Cedarville University. If you work off campus, your employer will usually be a private nonprofit organization or a public agency, and the work performed must be in the public interest.
Can I work as many hours as I want?
No. The amount you earn cannot exceed your total Federal Work Study award. When assigning work hours, your employer or financial aid administrator will consider your class schedule and your academic progress.