Financial Aid

Work-Study - Purpose and Facts

The purpose of the Work-Study Program (WS) is the employment of students who are enrolled as undergraduate, graduate or professional students who are in need of earnings from employment to pursue courses of study at eligible institutions.

At a Glance - Facts About Student Employment
Students wishing to participate in the Work-Study Program must be awarded financial aid and have work-study eligibility as a part of their award package. To apply for financial aid, students must file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and indicate employment as their first choice for self-help aid.

Students who demonstrate financial need, based on the FAFSA, will be awarded financial aid as long as funding permits. Award packages may include a combination of gift and self-help aid. The self-help aid may be either loans or employment, or a combination, depending on what the student requested on his/her application.

Separate applications for financial aid are required for each academic year that a student wishes to be considered for employment under the Work-Study Program.

The Financial Aid Office recommends the students and departments limit the student's working hours to no more than 20 hours per week. During student/faculty holidays the student may work full time if desired by employer. However any overtime will not be paid through Work-Study account.

Once the student has earned his/her work-study award maximum, the student must be terminated from the work-study program. The student may contact the Financial Aid Office to determine if they have any remaining work-study eligibility. After an evaluation of eligibility:

It is the employer's and employee's responsibility to ensure that the student does not exceed his/her WS Award limit.

Work-Study awards are not credited to the student's account at the Cashier's Office. A paycheck is issued every two weeks to the student for the time worked. The check can be received at the Cashier's Office in the Administration Building, No. 10.

A list of job opportunities can be accessed on Bengal Jobs. Please contact the Career Center for assistance with Bengal Jobs.


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