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Federal Work-Study Student Information

The Federal Work-Study Program provides part-time jobs at or above the federal minimum wage.  It is an employment program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education.  The money you earn is paid on an hourly basis for work performed and can be used to help pay for some of your educational expenses. The money you earn does not need to paid back! Earning money while going to school helps reduce your student loan debt and can provide you with valuable job experience.

To be considered for work-study funds, you must have completed a current-year Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), be enrolled in a minimum of six credits and maintain Standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP).

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 indicate 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.  If you are interested in Work-Study employment but have not yet received an award, contact Bison Connection at 701-231-6200 and request to have your name placed on the waiting list.

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.  

Application Procedures

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. 

If I am eligible, what is my next step?

Congratulations!   Follow the steps below to secure your Work-Study award and job:

  1. You will need to accept, decline or change your Federal Work-Study award on Campus Connection; for instructions on how to do this click here.
  2. Once you have accepted your award, login to the NDSU Part-Time Student Job Board. You will be required to login using your electronic ID and password in order to see work-study positions.  Please be aware that postings are added on a regular basis so check back if you don't find something you are interested in the first time.  
  3. When you find a position you are interested in, apply for a position based on instructions provided in the posting.
  4. Bring a copy of your award letter with you when you meet with the employer for the first time.
  5. Once you are hired for a job, your employer will set up your payroll paperwork and you will be paid for hours worked at the hourly wage agreed upon. A student’s work-study hourly rate of pay will not be lower than, and can exceed, the present federal minimum wage.

Additional Information

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-monthly 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 organization 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. 

Work-Study Job Board

The work-study jobs are posted with the NDSU 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.   

To view jobs posted on the NDSU Part-Time Job board click here. 


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Last Updated: Monday, September 08, 2014 1:43:38 PM