Frequently Asked Questions
I'm a first year student working only two hours a week in the dining commons. May I work anywhere else?
Yes. Please review the JobX student employment page for other opportunities.
Will declining my work study affect my financial aid?
No. You do not need to accept the work study shown in your financial aid package; work study is an option available to you to help pay for your personal and book expenses.
Can I replace some or all of my work study with loan or grant?
If you have not reached the maximum eligibility for your Federal Direct Stafford Loan, FDSL, you may request that your work study be replaced with additional FDSL. Your work study will not be replaced with grant.
Can I work more than my maximum earnings limit (MEL) to help pay my family contribution?
Contact Student Financial Services if you would like to discuss your earnings limit and possible options. Please keep in mind that the maximum amount that a student should work is 8-10 hours a week during the semester and that January intersession earnings do not count toward the MEL.
What if I go over my MEL?
If you exceed your MEL by more than $300 you will be asked to stop working.
I don’t have work study in my package – can I work?
Yes. Students who do not have work study may apply for any non-level 1 positions. (Level 1 positions are reserved for students packaged with work study.) A maximum earnings limit applies to all students, whether they have work study eligibility or not. Currently this limit ranges from $2100 to $2400 and is based on a student's grade level. The limit may be increased in future years based on state minimum wage increases and College policies. (All students should note that while we make every effort to assist students in securing on-campus employment, a campus job is not guaranteed.)
Do intersession/summer earnings apply to MEL?
The only positions for which intersession/summer earnings apply toward the MEL are federally funded programs such as Community Service and America Reads positions.
My schedule allows me to work more in the fall than in the spring. Do I have to stop working when I reach the maximum amount of work study listed for the fall semester?
No, you may continue to work as long as you do not exceed your maximum earnings limit for the academic year.
I'd like to work with America Reads/Community service but I don’t have federal work study in my financial aid package.
Contact Student Financial Services to determine if federal work study is an option for you.
Does my SCA/CA stipend count toward my MEL?
Yes, stipends do count as earnings. Your contract with the housing office stipulates that you should not be working elsewhere. Check with the housing office to determine if there is any conflict with your working in another department.
I'm an international student. Can I increase my workstudy to pay my international tax obligation?
If a student’s tax liability is greater than $250 a semester, the MEL may be increased to accommodate the tax obligation. For those students with tax amounts below the $250/semester there is leeway with the MEL, but the total earnings must not exceed the MEL plus $300. This tax will be due each semester and students should consider paying the expense with savings from summer/January intersession earnings. To inquire about increasing your MEL to manage the international tax, please email Student Financial Services.
More work study FAQs available on the Career Development Center website.