Work-Study Jobs

College work-study is a financial aid program funded by the federal and/or state governments and is awarded to students based upon financial need by the Financial Aid Office. If you qualified for work-study funds, to utilize these funds you must find a job. Apply for work-study positions through your CometCareers account.

There may be off-campus, community service, part-time employment opportunities available for students who have qualified for work-study. If you are qualified, you will see these opportunities when you are searching for part-time jobs within CometCareers.

F-1 Visa Students Please Note: College Work-Study Jobs are available only to US citizens, permanent residents, temporary legal residents, asylees, and refugees; therefore, you are not eligible to apply for any on-campus job listed as a work-study job.

Frequently Asked Questions About Work Study


What is Federal Work-Study?

What is Federal Work-Study?

If you have applied for financial aid you may be awarded Federal Work-Study (FWS) funds through the Financial Aid Office. You must complete a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) in order to be awarded Work-Study. The term "Work-Study" indicates that you may be provided with opportunities for employment that are subsidized by the federal government while you are enrolled for at least 6 credit hours graduate or undergraduate. The receipt of an FWS award does NOT guarantee you a job. However, you do have exclusive access to apply for positions classified as work-study jobs.

Are work-study jobs on or off-campus?

Are work-study jobs on or off-campus?

Most on-campus departments can hire work-study students. Additionally, off-campus and Community Service Federal Work-Study (CSFWS) positions are available in non-profit and government agencies. You can apply for these positions in CometCareers.

Do I receive my work-study award as a lump sum?

Do I receive my work-study award as a lump sum?

Federal work-study awards are not disbursed to you in a lump sum. You will receive semi-monthly paychecks based on the hours you have worked. You must earn the awarded money to receive it.

How many hours can I work per week?

How many hours can I work per week?

The Quantity of Work Rule (Administrative Policies & Procedures Manual D2.200.0) for student employees states, "A student's combined employment and semester hours may not exceed forty (40) hours per week."

Can I have more than one job?

Can I have more than one job?

No, your work-study position must be your only on-campus employment.

How much will I get paid?

How much will I get paid?

The hourly rate of pay and work schedule is determined by the hiring department. You cannot exceed your work-study funds.

When do I get paid?

When do I get paid?

You should be paid on the 5th and 20th (dates are subject to change) of each month. If you are on direct deposit, please check with your bank before making withdrawals. If you do not have direct deposit, you can pick at Payroll Services, room AD 2.224 after 8:30am on the fifth and twentieth day of each month. If the fifth or twentieth day falls on a Saturday, paychecks will be available on Friday. If the fifth or twentieth day falls on a Sunday, paychecks will be available on Monday, unless that Monday is a holiday. In that case, paychecks will be available on Tuesday.

Are my wages taxed?

Are my wages taxed?

All earnings are taxable. You may not make enough to file. If you do file you must include your work-study wages.

What kind of fringe benefits do I receive?

What kind of fringe benefits do I receive?

You are NOT eligible for fringe benefits such as insurance or paid: lunch, holidays, sick leave, vacation, or time off for inclement weather.

What happens when my work-study award is depleted??

What happens when my work-study award is depleted?

If you have earned the entire award before the end date of your assignment, the work-study job ends and you are removed from payroll. If you work on-campus, you may be hired as a part-time on-campus student worker. This is at the discretion of the employer.