Frequently Asked Questions:
Can I work more than one Work-Study position?
No. Students are only allowed to be actively employed for one Work Study position concurrently.
Can I work at an Off Campus Law Firm/Agency?
Yes. Students are able to work as Federal Work Study students with approved firms/agencies. You may search for open positions within Symplicity.
*If a firm/agency is not currently in contract with STCL to hire student workers, then they may contact the Sr. Director of Student Services for more information.
Chandra Gonzalez – email@example.com
How much will I be paid?
The current hourly rate of pay is $13.00 per hour for On-Campus positions. Off-campus hourly rates vary by firm/agency.
How much Federal Work Study funds can I earn?
The current standard FWS award offer is $3,000 per term.
Note: You may be able have your FWS award modified based on your anticipated employment earnings and availability of funding. Please reach out to Student Services for further information.
Why do I need to reduce my loan to accept the Federal Work Study award?
Federal Work Study (FWS) funds are funded by the federal government to students demonstrating financial need as determined by the FAFSA application. As such, by federal law, the program requires that:
- FWS funds must be included in your financial aid award package, and
- the total amount financial assistance awarded cannot exceed your cost of attendance.
As such, your Graduate PLUS loan may be reduced to ensure your cost of attendance is not over-awarded.
How many hours can I work?
You can work a maximum of 20 hours per week. You will develop a schedule with your supervisor once you are hired.
Student employee work schedules must:
- not exceed 20 hours per week
- not exceed 8 hours per day
- not conflict with schedule class time
- not work on holidays, winter break, or during scheduled exam time(s).
- allow for at least a 30-minute break if working a consecutive 6-hour period
How will I receive the funds?
Work Study funds are considered earned income and will be paid directly to you on a bi-weekly basis.
It is advised to enroll in direct deposit upon hire to ensure paychecks are received in a timely manner. If direct deposit setup is not established or complete, then a check will be mailed each applicable pay period.
Do I need to have any special qualifications to work?
In some cases you may. You should review each job description in order to determine if you meet all of the identifying qualifications for the position.
Will there be time to study on the Job?
Although the title of the program is Federal Work-Study, it doesn’t imply that you will have time to study. The primary purpose of the FWS program is to gain experience in an employment setting. If you find that you have completed all of your work, you should ask your supervisor for direction.
I am a returning student employee what do I need to do?
Ensure that you have a current FAFSA on file and have confirmed your eligibility with Student Services. Your supervisor must have the job position posted within Symplicity. Once posted, you may apply for the position and your supervisor will initiate the re-hiring process.