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Work-study

 

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Highlands University participates in the federal and state work-study programs. Federal work-study is dependent upon your need as determined by the FAFSA, and your request to be considered for work-study on the FAFSA form.

The state work-study program allows students with and without need to be hired by Highlands employers, but you must still have a completed FAFSA form on file in the Financial Aid Office. Students with need cannot earn more than their calculated cost of attendance (including tuition, fees, books, room and board, etc.), and all students cannot earn more than the maximum limits set under the federal and state work-study program.

March 1 is the deadline for submitting the FAFSA that determines work-study and other available financial aid. The amount you are eligible to earn for either state or federal work-study programs is determined after March 1 for the earliest applicants. Work-study awards will continue to be allotted to students if funds are available, but work-study funds are generally completely allotted for the next academic year in the spring. Funds only become available again as students drop out of the program and funds are returned to the work-study budget.

Work-study positions are only available if funds still exist in the federal or state programs. Even if funds are allotted to qualified students, jobs may not be available. In this case, if work-study positions are not available, you may request that your financial aid package be reevaluated, and loan monies might be available to you.

The work-study hiring process is one in which the employer usually posts a job opening with the Human Resource Office. Students must pursue the jobs and be hired by employers to receive work-study award. Students can check for postings or may hear of a potential job and can call or visit the individual who is the work-study hiring contact. The student interviews for the job, and the employer chooses the best applicant. The student picks up a Student Hire Form from the hiring supervisor or off the Highlands website or from the Human Resource Office.

Students then arrange their working hours with their employers, considering the number of hours they are allowed to work in order to earn the maximum wages available through their financial aid package and the work-study program. Students complete timesheets every two weeks and are evaluated by their employer at the end of each semester.

Remember, the department has the authority not to rehire you based on poor performance. This may be one of your first opportunities to develop good work ethics, so take your work-study position seriously. This employment can also be used in building your resume for future professional employment.

For detail regarding pay schedules, see the Human Resource Office.

Federal work-study

Qualifications: Undergraduate and graduate students; need based.
Annual Amount: Wage and grade scales apply. Twenty hour per week maximum allowed to work during regular semesters.
Deadlines & Application: March 1: Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA); April 15: complete file.
Description: Work-study programs allow students with need to pay for some of their college expenses by working. The obvious advantage is that students finish their education owing less in loans. There is also a financial advantage for the university in that these earnings are federally or state subsidized, with the university paying a percentage of the total earnings of students under this program.

State Work-study

Qualifications: Undergraduate and graduate students; both need and non-need based.
Annual Amount: Wage and grade scales apply. Twenty hour per week maximum allowed to work during regular semesters.
Deadlines & Application: March 1: Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA); April 15: complete file.
Description: Work-study programs allow students with need to pay for some of their college expenses by working. The obvious advantage is that students finish their education owing less in loans. There is also a financial advantage for the university in that these earnings are federally or state subsidized, with the university paying a percentage of the total earnings of students under this program.

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