Federal Work Study
What is Federal Work-Study?
Federal Work-Study is a federally funded program that enables students to earn money for college costs through part-time employment. The program pays a portion of the student's wages which allows the campus to provide more work opportunities on and off-campus to students. The program also allows students to secure academic or career-oriented employment while providing essential services to the college and the community. The Federal Work-Study program was also created to stimulate and promote part-time employment for students who have financial need and who need earnings to pursue a college education. It allows students to meet their educational expenses without incurring a lot of debt and is intended to provide worthwhile job opportunities for qualified students. In addition, a student's income earned under a Work-Study job is exempted from student contribution assessment. This means that earnings from your Work-Study job will not be included in calculating your student contribution which may improve the amount and types of aid you are considered for when filing a financial aid application in future periods.
Benefits of Student Employment
Studies show that compared to students who do not work, students who work a modest number of hours per week will, on average:
- have higher grade point averages;
- graduate at a faster rate;
- be less likely to drop out; and
- have more job skills to include on their resumes
Some Possible Explanations Why
- Working students become better organized and manage their time better.
- Employment exposes students to more mentor-type relationships and increases interaction with "real world" people.
- Become involved in the campus community both as a professional and as a student.
- Motivation to maintain the necessary academic standings to continue to work.
Getting Work Study at Evergreen Valley College
Unfortunately there are limited work study positions available at our school. We have a lot of interested students, but not enough funding to allow every student to participate in the program. Early financial aid applicants, who mark that they are interested in work study on their FAFSA, will receive priority in the work study selection process. There is a short window period of when Federal Work Study applications can be submitted. Students will be contacted by e-mail if they are selected to apply.
Types of Jobs available through Work Study
Federal Work Study Orientation
All selected work study student must watch the orientation. It is important that you understand all the rules and regulations in order to maintain your eligibility. You may be asked to submit a quiz that you must score 100% on, so please take notes.