Frequently Asked Questions
College work-study is awarded to eligible students who completed their FAFSA by the priority deadline on a first come, first served basis.
Once you have received notification of your work-study award, you must find a work-study position on campus, attend orientation, and interview for the position. For more details, visit How to Apply for Work-Study.
Work-Study funds are paid out only when the student works the contracted hours. Since situations could arise which prevent you from working the contracted hours, we cannot rely on those funds as accounts receivables. However, since the checks will be made payable to you, you have the option of using those funds to pay on your account.
No, work-study students are not eligible for paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, or medical and dental insurance through their work-study job.
You may view available off-campus sites on by clicking on the Work-Study Job Board link on the right side of the page.
No, you must be one of the following to receive federal student aid: US Citizen, US National or US Permanent Resident who has a Permanent
- US Citizen
- US National
- US Permanent Resident who has a Permanent Resident Card
Students may earn up to the amount of their award as listed on their Financial Aid Award Letter. Students may not earn more than the amount of the work-study award. Students are paid on the 1st business day of each month at hourly rates. Work-Study checks may be retrieved from Student Accounting in the E.O. Bell Building on the basement level.
The Federal Work-Study program reimburses employers 100% of the student’s earnings up to the amount of the award. Any wages earned after that amount must be paid 100% by the employer. It is the student’s and employer’s responsibility to monitor earnings to be sure the award amounts are not exceeded.
The work schedule is to be determined by the student and employer, using the following guidelines:
- Students cannot work during class time.
- Students cannot work more than eight (8) hours per day.
- Students cannot work more than twenty (20) hours in one week.
You can begin working after you have submitted all completed documents and attended the mandatory orientation. Click here to attend the Work-Study Success Orientation .
You will need to bring identification for employment verification and authorization. It is a good idea to prepare a resume as some departments may request one.
Yes, if you earn enough according to IRS tax rules.
For more information, please contact (for a quicker response, email is preferred)
Work Study Coordinator
Office of Student Financial Assistance | West Garage Welcome Center
Phone: 713-313-6752 | Fax: 713-313-1859 |Email:Radesha.Lee@tsu.edu