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Federal Workstudy

Financial Assistance Office

Student Employment Office
Picken Hall, Room 207A
(785) 628-5227
800-628-FHSU (3478)

Federal Workstudy is a federally subsidized program designed to promote part-time employment for undergraduate or graduate students in the Financial Aid program. Through these employment opportunities, students become acquainted with many aspects of the campus community.

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Applying for Federal Workstudy

In order to be eligible for Federal Workstudy, students must have financial need and must be enrolled in a minimum of six credit hours during the fall and spring semesters and three credit hours during the summer. To apply for Federal Workstudy, students must submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Because funding for the Federal Workstudy Program is limited, applying by the FHSU priority deadline (March 1st) gives students the best chance of receiving Federal Workstudy funds.

If awarded Federal Workstudy, the award will be listed as part of your financial aid package on your FHSU award notice. If you decide to accept your Federal Workstudy award, you may access your award listing through TigerTracks.  On the “Online Services” tab, select “Financial Aid Eligibility.” Select the appropriate award year at the top of the page. Your award letter is viewable under the “Accept Awards” tab.

If you were not originally awarded workstudy (which may happen for various reasons), you may request that your name be added to the workstudy waiting list by completing a Federal Workstudy Request Form. Students who are eligible for workstudy will be awarded from the waiting list as funding and positions become available.

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Finding a Workstudy Job

After accepting your Federal Workstudy award, it is your responsibility to apply for available jobs through FHSU. You are not automatically placed in a specific job simply because you are awarded Federal Workstudy. All workstudy jobs are listed on JobX, which you may access through TigerTracks. You can sign up to receive Job Mail so you will be notified when jobs in your areas of interest become available. The FHSU Student Employment Office staff, located in 207A Picken Hall, can provide you with further assistance.

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Paperwork & Paychecks

Once you have been hired, you must complete employment paperwork in the Student Employment Office (SEO), 207A Picken Hall. For payroll purposes, the substance abuse policy statement, loyalty oath, W-4 form, K-4 form, I-9 form, and payroll direct deposit form must be completed as soon as possible. Federal law requires this paperwork must be completed before you begin employment in order to be paid. You will need to bring the following personal documents to determine employment eligibility:

  • social security card or state-issued birth certificate;
  • photo ID such as driver's license or Tiger card;
  • U.S. passport, when applicable.

To establish payroll direct deposit, you will need to provide a voided check from your checkbook or your bank account card (not debit or Tiger Card).

After you have completed all the necessary paperwork in the SEO, you will be set up on the student payroll system. Effective June 8, 2014, the student employment wage is $8.25 per hour. Paydays are every other Friday. FHSU uses EFT (electronic fund transfer) as the payroll distribution process. Your earnings are deposited to the bank account of your choice. You may complete a direct deposit form (voided check required) at the SEO to establish your direct deposit. Your pay advice will be mailed to your local address, so you will want to be sure to keep this address current in TigerTracks.

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Canceling a Workstudy Award

If you have been awarded Federal Workstudy, but do not intend or are unable to use it, you will need to cancel your award immediately. You may decline the workstudy award through your TigerTracks account.  If you had already accepted the workstudy award, please contact the Student Employment Office at (785) 628-5227 to cancel the award.

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Non-Workstudy Campus Jobs

If you were not awarded Federal Workstudy and are still interested in campus employment, you may apply for departmental (non-workstudy) jobs. More information is available on our Departmental Jobs Program page.

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