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FEDERAL WORK STUDY PROGRAM What is the Federal Work Study Program? A need-based financial aid program designed to assist students in earning money to meet their college expenses. Because working on campus is a retention tool, we are committed to encouraging students to work. Work study students will help departments maximize their wage budgets so funds can be better used for other programs/services. Advantages of hiring a work study student Federal funds pay 75% of the student’s wage and the employer matches 25%. You can help your departments maximize wage funding. You can often hire more students. You may be able to keep your students longer Work study allocations Each eligible student is awarded an amount per semester that determines the maximum number of hours per week that they can work. Once those hours are exceeded, the employer must automatically be charged at 100%. Recruiting work study students Use the same process to place an ad on the job board (www.unr.edu/cn) that you usually do and gather applications. Click on both work study and regular. Add to comment section “work study preferred.” Compile a list of applicants R#s and names and submit to: Sandi Guidry (firstname.lastname@example.org) Suzanne Bach (email@example.com) or Kathy Imasaki (firstname.lastname@example.org). They will review financial aid information and reply with those who can be considered work study. Expected turnaround is 2 Days. Continued… Interviewing may commence at any time. You should also submit information on student employees who are returning to work in your department. Even though they may not have had work study last semester, it is possible that they could be funded in a new semester. Now you can hire 3 more work study students or keep your students longer. Dispelling Myths It is harder to process paperwork and interview. Basically, there is no difference except for coding on the PAF (FW1 = fall work study; FW2 = spring work study) Regular student employees have more experience. Not necessarily true. Many competent and qualified students qualify.
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