Work-study is a student employment program that allows eligible students to work on campus in a variety of settings with flexible hours. Federal, state, and institutional funds are invested in employment programs that allow students to work as many as 20 hours per week. Wages vary according to the job, however most jobs start at the minimum-wage rate. In order to determine eligibility for federal or state work-study, students must complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).
If you are looking for more career-related positions or would like career advising, please contact Career Services, who will help you begin or develop your resume/cover letter and assist you with your interviewing skills. If you are interested in taking your academic career to another level, they can also help you begin the process of applying to graduate school.
HOW DO I FIND A WORK-STUDY JOB AT WESTERN STATE COLORADO UNIVERSITY?
- Learn what kind of work-study you were awarded and print your contract by logging into your MyWestern account. Then follow these steps:
- Click on Financial Aid
- Click on Eligibility
- Select current Academic Year then Submit
- Click on Student Requirements
- Click on your work-study contract to print
- The amount listed on an the contract is a maximum for which the student is eligible. The amount a student actually earns will depend on how many hours are actually worked.
- If a student is awarded work study on an "award letter" this does not guarantee the student will have a job or that he or she will actually earn the amount listed.
If you are not able to find a contract, you are not eligible for a federal or state work-study position. However, in this situation, you are still eligible for institutional work-study and your employer will print a contract for you.
Once you find a position that interests you, follow the instructions to apply. Students may be required to set up an interview to be hired for jobs on campus as they would for any work opportunity.
Feel free to ask departments directly if they have any work-study positions available; not all departments on campus list open positions on this website.
Once you have completed the contract, turn it in to Financial Aid, located in Taylor Hall 314.
If you are a new student employee you will need to provide your passport or an original copy of your social security card or birth certificate and your driver’s license.
WHAT IS FEDERAL/STATE WORK-STUDY?
The Federal/State work-study program provides funding for undergraduate students with financial need, allowing them to work on campus. Check with Financial Aid to learn about your work-study award.
TYPES OF WORK-STUDY
- Federal (need-based)—Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be eligible.
- State (need-based)—Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be eligible.
- Institutional (not need-based)—Open to all Western students.
Your Financial Aid award letter will indicate what type of work-study you have been awarded. If you have additional questions about this award or to be placed on a waitlist to receive work-study funding, please contact Financial Aid.
HOW MUCH MONEY CAN I EARN?
Your work-study wages will be at least the current federal minimum wage.
HOW WILL I BE PAID?
As an undergraduate, you'll be paid by the hour. Western pays student workers on the last business day of each month via check or direct-deposit into your checking account.
CAN I WORK AS MUCH AS I WANT?
No. The amount you earn may not exceed your total federal/state work-study award, nor may you work more than 20 hours per week if you are enrolled as a student at Western Colorado University.
WHAT IS THE VERIFICATION PROCESS REQUIRED FOR WORK-STUDY?
You will need to provide your original social security card, driver’s license, birth certificate, or a passport. Student employees will also be required to complete a W-4 at the time of hire.
HOW DO I ENTER MY TIME ONLINE?
- To CLOCK IN and OUT, use the Online Time Clock.
This is something you will do every day, read this Cheat Sheet for quick info.
- At the end of every pay period, or if you need to make adjustments to your time, you will need to review your timesheet in your MyWestern account. Please review these detailed instructions on how to manage your time card.
- To get help, contact Financial Aid.
FOR MORE INFORMATION OR QUESTIONS
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