The Federal Work/Study Program (FWS)

(Student Employment)

The Office of Career Services & Placement maintains a job board, CAREERlink for all non-work study positions available in the community.

The Financial Aid Office is responsible for awarding eligible students campus positions through the Federal Work-Study Program. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be filed in order to determine eligibility. Students awarded Federal Work-Study are generally assigned positions at the beginning of the academic year.

The goal of work-study is to provide part time employment to enrolled students who are receiving some form of financial assistance (merit or need-based). Students designated as Federal Work-study (FWS) receive 75% of their funds from the Federal government and must have eligible financial need.

Employment under the Student Employment Program benefits students in several ways:

  • Provides funds to pay for education and personal expenses.

  • Helps the student to feel a connection to Centenary College.

  • Improves time management skills.

  • Provides future job reference and resume material.

For Students

Students will need the employment application, available in several formats:

Federal Work-study Awards

Students are usually awarded $2,000-$2,500 in federal work-study funds for the academic year. Student employees may not earn more than the total work-study award listed on their financial aid award letter. Employment ends when the student reaches the earnings level or the end date on the annual work contract (whichever comes first). It is the responsibility of the supervisor to track earning levels and limit work hours when appropriate.

Students working over the award level cannot be funded by the Financial Aid Office. In this case, there are two options:

  • The department may discontinue employing the student. Please be aware that any student over the earning limit still should be paid for funds not covered by Financial Aid.

  • The department may continue employing the student paying 100% of their wages through departmental funds.

Schedules

While most students are scheduled for 9-12 hours per week, work schedules may be flexible throughout the academic year to accommodate departmental needs and student academic and extracurricular schedules.

The supervisor and the student should arrange a working schedule which is mutually acceptable.
Students are expected to work all of the agreed upon hours throughout the academic year and will be expected to discuss any deviations from their schedule with their supervisor in advance.

Work-study students are eligible to work during the official school term. They are not eligible before the term begins, or after the term ends. Students are allowed to work during official breaks during the Fall and Spring semesters.

Changes in work-study assignments during the academic year are not made once a student has been assigned to a department, unless the studentís academic schedule is in direct conflict with his or her work schedule.

Wage Rate

Work-study students must be paid at least the federal minimum wage ($7.25 as of July 2009). Also, the pay must meet the requirements of the state or local law. Current pay rate is $7.25. No student will be paid for hours not worked.

  • It is not acceptable to base the wage rate on any other factor not related to the studentís skills or job description.

  • FWS students performing jobs comparable to non-FWS employees cannot receive a lower rate of pay.

Other Options

The Financial Aid Office maintains a very limited budget for the Institutional Work Program. Students who are not eligible for Federal Work-Study may request to be placed on the IWP waiting list at the beginning of the academic year. If a position becomes available, the student will be contacted.

The Office of Career Services & Placement also maintains a job board, CAREERlink for all non-work study positions available in the community.

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