Work Study

Work Study

Federal Work Study Program

Federal Work Study (FWS) is a federally funded, need-based program that provides students with part-time employment. Eligibility is determined from your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or Renewal FAFSA and is based on your federal need analysis report.

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Basic Requirements

  • Be a U.S. citizen, national, or permanent resident
  • Show need on your FAFSA or Renewal Application need analysis report
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress
  • Be enrolled at least half-time as an undergraduate or graduate student
  • Not have defaulted on or owe a refund to any aid program>
  • Students must sign the application form which informs them that their employment is dependent upon the return of a satisfactory criminal/sexual offender background check



You must have a completed FAFSA on file to verify your eligibility to participate in the Federal Work-Study Program. Once you have verified your eligibility you may begin the search our list of Job Openings. Openings will post the first day of classes for the current term.

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How will I be notified if I am hired?

Make sure that the contact person that you interview with has a current phone number or email address to contact you. The supervisor that wishes to employ you will contact you once they have completed their interviews.

Once you have been hired, complete the employment application. Your hiring supervisor will need to email Karen Roland and request you, the student, by first and last name, ID number, and email address.

Human Resources will initiate the background check process through Certified Background. Certified Background will send an evite to the student's email. The student should promptly complete the evite request.

Human Resources will receive the results of the background check in approximately 3 days, and they will notify Mrs. Roland of the results. Mrs. Roland will notify your supervisor that you, the student, may begin your paperwork for employment.

The supervisor will then direct you to the Financial Aid Office (University Center, Room 212) to complete paperwork for payroll (please bring your social security card and valid driver's license) for documentation.

Work-Study Payroll Information

Web time entry time sheets are available online once your paperwork has been completed for hire. The Financial Aid Office will provide information on submission.

Receiving a Paycheck

Two options are available for check distribution. Checks may be directly deposited into the student's checking or any bank or credit union savings account located within the Continental United States that is a member of the automated clearinghouse, or students may pick-up their checks in the Payroll Office (151 Shelby King Hall) on pay day with a valid photo ID. Work-study students are paid bi-weekly. Students may pick up paychecks every other Friday (alternating weeks when time sheets are due) or you may choose to do a Direct Deposit Form that must be completed and turned into the Payroll Office.

Late Time Sheet Submission

Work Study students can download a printable time sheet.

General Work Study Guidelines

  • Work-Study is a part-time job
  • Workers will be paid for hours actually worked
  • Students will not be paid to study while on the job
  • Fringe benefits such as sick leave, vacation pay, and holidays are not a part the Federal Work-Study Program
  • Students will not be paid for hours worked in excess of the amount approved for. Departments will be required to cover excess hours worked over and above the amount the student has been awarded
  • Students who accept a Federal Work-Study position are expected to work the entire award period, be punctual, and perform efficiently. Students should notify supervisors when illness or unforeseen circumstances prevent attendance
  • Work-Study students must not work over their specified number of hours unless given permission by the Financial Aid Office
  • Students and their supervisors are encouraged to make every attempt to resolve any differences
  • In the event that this cannot be accomplished, students should consult with a Financial Aid Administrator for possible reassignment
  • Student employment is contingent upon satisfactory results of a criminal/sexual offender background check

The Financial Aid Office may terminate a student's employment at any time upon determination that the student is no longer meeting eligibility requirements. Such action most commonly results from the student receiving resources which were not known at the time the award was made; it is therefore important that the student report any subsequent changes in financial resources as they occur.

Remember, work-study assignments are for one year only! Students may be re-hired in subsequent years by re-establishing eligibility.

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Eligibility: Tutoring

  • America Reads/Counts tutoring is only one option for Federal College Work Study with a 2.5 or higher GPA
  • You are not required to participate in this program and may choose a different assignment
  • You should be comfortable working with elementary aged children
  • You should have very good oral communication skills (good grammar and a clear voice)
  • You will need to be able to work 10 - 20 hours per week (depending on your Financial Aid Award and your class schedule) during normal elementary school hours
  • Interviews will be held in July and August
A mandatory orientation/training meeting is required for those selected as tutors. For any questions regarding assignments, please contact Dr. Elizabeth Quick at 256-824-2325

America Reads

America Counts

  • Working through math problems with children
  • Modeling math strategies with children, like counting
  • Using interactive education games that help children improve math fluency
  • Assisting classroom teachers administer math assessments
  • Engaging in other activities that are specifically associated with helping a student improve his/her math skills

Role of the Tutor

  • Be a positive role model for children
  • Create an environment of hope and opportunity for the children you work with
  • Build self-esteem and foster independence in children you work with
  • Listen to and read with children
  • Involve children in reading, writing, word analysis, and comprehension activities during each session unless you are specifically working on math skills
  • Work 1 on 1 or with small groups on reading and/or math skills; working for at least 30 minutes with each child or group

Tutors will be expected to:

  • Provide a minimum of one semester of tutoring services at your site; however two semesters are highly encourage
  • Work with Site Leader for placement and work schedule
  • Maintain a high level of integrity and commitment
  • Communicate openly and honestly with Site Leader if you have any problems or concerns
  • Be prompt and professional; dress appropriately; and make efficient use of your time with each child
  • Support the reading and instructional activities of the classroom teacher
  • Follow all school policies and guidelines
  • Notify the classroom teacher via email or phone at least 24 hours in advance if you must miss work (more than three unexcused absences at your site will result in dismissal from the program)
  • Attend mandatory intensive training sessions at the beginning of each semester
  • Daily time sheet maintenance, secures supervisor's initials, and turn in by the pay period deadline
  • Meet once a semester with your team leader to discuss you experiences as a tutor