Work-Study Frequently Asked Questions
This page contains answers to common work study questions, along with some tips we have found useful and presented here as
- Park University sponsors two types of Student Employment programs. They
are Institutional Work Study (IWSP) and Federal College Work Study
- Work Study jobs complement your educational program or career goals while
gaining relevant work experience in a business setting.
- Student earnings can help with educational expenses and financial obligations.
- Work Study is a campus-based program co-administered with the Financial Aid
Office. To apply for Work Study, you need to:
- File a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). (Using Park
University School Code 002498)
- Indicate interest in Work Study on FAFSA question 31
- Indicate that you are interested in Work Study on your Request for
Financial Aid form issued by Park University Student Financial Services.
- After notification of eligibility from Financial Aid and acceptance of the work study award on the award letter, students may search
the Student Job Search database on the Student Employment - Student Center page of the Park University website.
- Acceptance of the work study award does not guarantee placement.
- The name work study can be misleading. Work study positions are an
important part of the daily functions of Park University and its community service
partners. Work study jobs are not any different than any other job, with required tasks to be completed. The individual employers will establish the duties and tasks
- It is important that each job be treated as a "real job", where
the student is expected to work in exchange for wages.
- Seven percent of the Federal Work Study budget is allocated to Community
- Community Service is defined as services which are identified by an
institution of higher education, through formal or informal consultation with
local nonprofit, governmental, and community based organizations.
- This service is designed to improve the quality of life for community
residents, particularly low income individuals, or to solve particular
problems related to their needs.
- An emphasis is placed on direct services. Most positions are located off
campus and require transportation.
- Fields which could qualify as community service include health care,
education, welfare, social services, public safety, recreation, rural
development, and community improvement.
- Yes, in some cases dual assignments are granted and are approved by the
Work Study Coordinator.
- Requests for additional funds are reviewed by the Financial Aid Office and are
approved based on employer needs, availability of funds, and the student's financial aid eligibility.
- Once the timesheets are submitted and processed, paychecks are issued on
the 10th of each month. Checks are available in the Student Assistance Center at the cashier's
- No. Individual departments, with guidelines from Student Employment, will determine the hourly rate based on
knowledge required, experience and skills.
- Work study award amounts have no bearing on the hourly rate.
- Issues regarding pay rates, increases or number of hours per week should
be discussed with your supervisor.