The student employment program provides opportunities for part time work through both federal and institutional funding. Job listings are available for on and off campus position.
Federal Work-Study Requirements
- Based upon financial need as determined by completing the FAFSA form
- Awarding Criteria ($1,000/quarter freshman, $1000/quarter upper quarter and Expected Family Contribution (from FAFSA) below 10000.
- Must be enrolled at least half time
- Must have satisfactory academic progress
- Provide proof of employment eligibility in the United States as stipulated by the INS
Federal Work Study Options
- Work on campus in various departments and offices
- Reading Tutors (literacy program operated at various local sites)
- Other Community Service Organizations (Mentoring)
Institutional Work-Study Options
- Available on limited basis
- On campus positions only
Some students choose to work independently off-site in order to earn a little extra money.
The Job Location and Development Program (JDL) is a job program Life West offers to help connect our students with local jobs. Our JLD person works to develop off-campus positions for all students (federal work study and non-work-study). Additional services include providing access to employment opportunity information and to various workshops developed to improve your resume or interviewing skills.
Reasons to Become A Work Study Employee
This is how it works:
Students often chose work-study jobs to minimize the amount of money they borrow while in school. During the duration of a student’s education (12 or 14 quarters), earnings could range from $12,000 to $14,000 by working 6-7 hours a week. Taking into consideration the interest accrual while in school, earning a $1,000 a quarter could lower your monthly payment by $165.00 and decrease your cumulative payments (principal & interest) over a 10 year payment period by $19,500.
Will a job work around my schedule?
Yes, most departments are flexible and sensitive to student’s need and expect the same thing in return from their employees.
Where do I get information on jobs?
Job listings are posted on the jobs bulletin boards in Sid Square, in Student Life and online. A variety of positions are available with hourly wages ranging from $12 to $20. To apply for a position stop by Student Life.
Where do students work?
The federal and institutional work-study programs offer jobs on and off campus. A variety of positions are available in administrative/ support services, labs, and clinic. In addition, the federal work-study program offers positions in tutoring elementary school students.
How and when are students paid?
Students are paid twice a month on the 15th and last day of the month. Checks are available for pick up at the Payroll Office.
Are you willing to make sacrifices now for the future?
We know classes are tough and times are tight; however, for 10 hours a week you can greatly reduce your student loan debt and monthly payments in the future.