Work-Study

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A work-study job is a great way to help pay for your college costs, avoid student loan debt, and gain valuable work experience.  If work-study funds are listed on your CWI financial aid award notification, you can apply for an approved CWI work-study job.  Most of these jobs are on campus. Work-study eligible students are encouraged to find work related to their course of study or work benefiting the community.

Overview

Work-Study jobs are more than just money for college!

The experiences and skills you will obtain while working part-time in college will be a great addition to your success in the classroom.  Research has indicated that students who work part-time while they are in college (up to 19 hours per week) perform just as well or even better academically than students who don't work.  Get a head start on your future success in the classroom and professionally in a work-study job.

What is a work-study job?

Work-study is a part-time, hourly position meant to help you pay for your college costs and avoid student loan debt.   Also, work-study jobs have a number of other benefits, including:

  • valuable, real-world, work experience for your resume
  • opportunities to network with experienced professionals
  • flexibility to try different jobs/fields/careers
  • connect with the CWI campus community

Can any student get a work-study job?

No. Work-study jobs are only available to students that are eligible for Federal Funding through the FAFSA and who have been offered work-study funding in their financial aid award package. Students must demonstrate financial need, meet all application deadlines, and enroll in at least one course each semester.

If you've completed your FAFSA, have received your CWI financial aid award notification, but haven't been offered work-study funding, you may still request funding.

To request work-study funding:

  1. Complete the work-study funding request form.
  2. Wait to hear back from the Financial Aid office. We process the requests every Thursday.

How much do work-study jobs pay?

You’ll earn at least the current federal minimum wage. However, the amount might be higher depending on the type of work you do and the skills required for the position. The wage for each position is listed in the position description.

Also, each work-study recipient is awarded a specific amount for the school year. Each student's total work-study award depends on:

  • availability of work-study funds
  • financial need.
  • availability of other types of grant or scholarship aid
  • enrollment plans (i.e. full-time or part-time)

How will I receive my work-study funds?

You will receive a paycheck twice a month for hours worked on the same schedule as all other CWI employees.