Studies have shown that students who work while in college have, on average, better grades than those who do not work. Working while in college also:
- Helps you become more organized.
- Tests and helps you develop your work skills and knowledge.
- Helps you learn more about your community.
- Teaches you valuable work habits.
- Allows you to explore different career options.
- Provides you with important references for future jobs and/or graduate school.
What Is Federal Work-Study?
Federal Work-Study(FWS) is a type of financial aid that encourages college students to engage in part time employment while attending college. To qualify for FWS, you must file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and indicate on it that you are interested in FWS, demonstrate financial need through the results of your FAFSA, and meet the satisfactory academic progress standards. FWS is not directly applied to your bill, but is paid in a biweekly check based on hours worked and level of hourly wage. FWS positions can be viewed once you are registered for classes and have set up your "Cat Career Tracks" employment profile. You can also "like" the Career Services Facebook page or follow them on Twitter for new job postings.
What Happens If I Don’t Qualify For Federal Work-Study?
There are a number of opportunities for students who do not qualify for a FWS award. Some of the departments on campus do not require students to have a FWS award. Students who do not have a FWS award can also work off campus.
How Do I Find A Job On Campus?
Follow these simple steps:
- Check the Career Service website.
- Visit CAT CAREER TRACKS for Students.
- Create an employment profile.
- Search for "Federal Work-Study on-campus" jobs.
- Complete any hiring process that the department requires (i.e. filling out an application, taking a typing test, interviewing, etc.).
- Visit often, as jobs are updated frequently!
- Learn about resume-building and upcoming job fairs.
Summer Orientation also provides incoming students with an opportunity to explore on-campus employment before they arrive in the fall. Make sure to check your orientation packet when you visit this summer.
Who Can Help If I Have Questions?
Take advantage of Career Services. They keep and/or provide:
- An up-to-date list of jobs available on campus.
- Lists of jobs available off campus.
- Lists of people interested in childcare, tutoring, handyperson work, or office work.
- Many valuable services to help you later in your career (i.e., internships, full-time job assistance, workshops, etc.).