The Magic of Work-Study

Work-study is a program designed to employ eligible students in school related departments or programs.  Most of these departments are housed on the school’s campuses, yet a few; such as literacy programs may be housed off-campus. Work-Study programs are typically funded by the state or federal government.  These are based on financial need calculated using your, and in many situations your parent or guardian’s income.  To receive work-study the student must apply for it using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form.

When applying for Financial Aid, you must provide your tax information, and as mentioned your parent or guardian’s tax return information.  Please warn your family if your are younger than 26 years old, you are applying for Financial Aid and may need their tax information.  If you are lucky enough to receive Work-Study, which is listed in your Financial Aid award letter, please being applying for on-campus jobs immediately before someone else is hired for the job in which you are interested.  These jobs can be found on the school’s website typically under On-Campus Jobs, or contact your Financial Aid representative for more information.

Any on-campus employment position comes with a little magic.  Your supervisor, and other students will know more about the school’s resources than you would think exist.  If you run into any little problem, please ask for assistance.  May schools have financial Aid and scholarships opportunities with the option for an emergency loan programs for cash or books.  The tutoring or writing assistance programs have a vast ability to help students.  For disabled students there is a program to assist with your unique needs.  The Math tutor program may loan calculators.  There may be a generous collection of businesses’ offering student discounts including public transportation. Many school’s also offering clubs, organizations, an honor society, and career services.  Your school can also provide counselling services or a referral for any issue.  Some schools also provide medical care for their students.

As a work-study student I took advantage of the Pell Grant and the calculator loan program. The Disability Resource Center provided the accommodations to making learning more enjoyable. For a long time I purchased student health insurance.  I used to Counseling Center to overcome Math Anxiety. Most important, I maintained a close relationship wit my supervisor, who was able to provide a variety of job duties to build my résumé.  The magic came in when all the resources were at my fingertips allowing me to thrive as a student making good grades, aligning myself with others who want to achieve more, taking more responsibility, and volunteering at events all because my basic needs were being met.

Coming Next: Being Part of Something Bigger 


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