Federal Work-Study and Other Student Employment
Employment helps reduce students' indebtedness and provides valuable job experience. Studies show working helps students budget their time and has a positive effect on their grades and attitude toward school. The number of hours students work depends on their class schedule, the needs of the employer, and, if awarded Federal Work-Study, the amount of the Federal Work-Study award. A maximum of 15 to 20 hours a week is recommended for full-time students.
Federal Work-Study Program
What is it?
The Federal Work-Study program provides part-time jobs for students, both on and off campus, to help earn money to meet their educational and personal expenses while enrolled in a minimum of six credits. The amount is based on the information you provide on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Who is eligible?
Federal Work-Study is available to undergraduate students who demonstrate financial need, are enrolled in at least six credits, are maintaining Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) and meet the April 15th Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) deadline. Students need to indicated on the FAFSA they are interested in Federal Work-Study.
Note: You may still be eligible for a Federal Work-Study award if completing the FAFSA after the April 15th priority deadline, however, you may be placed on a waiting list as determined by your date of application and the availability of federal funds.
Note: Due to limited funds, some eligible students may not be awarded this type of assistance.
Will I have to pay it back?
No. Federal Work-Study income is money students earn and does not have to paid back. Students may seek out positions related to their program of study, skills or personal interests and may use the work experience for future employment references. Students earn an hourly wage starting at the current federal minimum wage; some employers offer a higher hourly wage depending on the type of work and the skills required for the position.
If I am eligible, what is my next step?
Once you have accepted your award, please refer to the Federal Work-Study Job Board listed below after July 1st for current job postings. You will be required to log in to view available Federal Work-Study positions. When you find a position you are interested in, you can apply directly from the job board.
Typically students work between 10-20 hours per week while classes are in session and can work up to 40 hours per week during breaks. Summer work-study employment is not available at NDSU at this time.
Students may not earn more than their Federal Work-Study award.
Work-study money is earned NOT credited to a student's account. Bi-montly pay checks are direct deposited into the students personal bank accounts based on the hours they worked for an approved employer.
All off-campus agencies must be approved by Student Financial Services and be a private, non-profit ofganization or public agency and work performed must be in the public interest.
Students who are financially eligible for Financial Work-Study, but do not receive an award as part of their financial aid package, may contact Student Financial Services regarding the possibility of obtaining Federal Work-Study funds.
All students interested in Federal Work-Study employment must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). FAFSA applications must be processed prior to April 15th. Federal Work-Study is awarded on a first applied, first awarded basis until all funds are expended.
Students must have been offered and accepted the Federal Work-Study award on their award notice in order to interview for jobs listed on the work-study job board.
Work Study Job Board
The work-study job board is merged with the Career Center’s part-time job board; for this reason, students who have been awarded Federal Work-Study are asked to log in to view jobs for which employers want only work-study students. More information on how to log-in is provided on the NDSU Part-Time Job Board site.
Federal Work-Study position can be on or off campus. All off-campus employers must be approved by Student Financial Services and be a private, non-profit organization or public agency and work performed must be in the public interest.
To view jobs posted on the NDSU Part-Time Job board click here.
Other Student Employment
If you are not eligible for Federal Work-Study there are still a lot of great job opportunities at NDSU and in the surrounding community. NDSU works with departments and local businesses to list employment opportunities for students on the NDSU Part-Time Job Board. The NDSU Career Center also has listing for co-op, internships and full-time employment opportunities. For more information about job seeking and to access the NDSU Part-Time Job Board click the link below.