How do students know if they are eligible for work-study?
Students should check with the Financial Aid Department or access their financial aid information on-line.
Should freshmen or new students work their first year in college?
Yes. By working on campus, students will be interacting with other students, staff and faculty. Students will be learning to manage their time as well as other responsibilities. We have found that students who work on campus generally remain in school and perform better academically.
How many hours per week do students typically work?
Work-study students will work an average of 8 hours per week.
What is the wage rate for student employees?
The majority of students eligible for work-study are awarded $1850.00 per academic year.
What should students do when they come to campus in the fall and do not know where they will be working?
Students must take the initiative to stop in the Career Center to see the Student Employment Coordinator. Make sure you come in early so you have plenty of time to be sent on interviews with the Work-Study Supervisors.
Are work-study positions guaranteed to all incoming students if they have been awarded work-study?
No. Most offices will have returning students who are always given preference before the new work-study students are hired. Many supervisors will interview students for their open positions. If students do not have the times available to work, or they don't have the skills necessary for the position, they will not be hired as quickly as other students. This does not mean that the student will never get a job.
What do students do if they want a job and did not receive employment?
Students should continue to visit the Career Center at least once a week or more and inquire about open positions. Students should also check their phone messages and return calls to the Career Center.
Are there jobs on campus where students can do their homework?
There are some campus jobs which require students to answer phones or assist other students when needed. These are the jobs in which students may have time to study. However, many of these positions are being phased out. The initial purpose of having a work-study program was to teach students the responsibilities expected from them in a work environment.
For more information contact Mary Ohland, work study coordinator, at 563/333-6341 or OhlandMary@sau.edu.