The Federal Work-Study Program was established by the government to help students earn a portion of their college expenses. These on-campus jobs are funded annually by a grant from the US Department of Education which is matched with College funds.
Students normally work an average of ten hours per week and can earn up to $2,175 during the academic year. Recipients of Federal Work Study must show financial need as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students are hired by the various departments on campus on the basis of the same factors most employers would hire: The department's needs, the student's willingness to work, the student's job skills, and the student's previous employment experience.
The College Work Option Programs was developed by the College and is institutionally funded. Like the Federal Work Study Program, students work an average of ten hours per week and can earn up to $2,175 during the academic year. Employment is also available during summer and semester break. Students are selected by the various departments on campus after all students with demonstrated financial need have secured positions.
The Departmental Job Program is funded by individual departments, often through special funding made available from foundations and other outside organizations. These jobs, which include research/special-project assistantships, are limited in number, and usually require specific job skills.
Although funding for these positions is separate from Federal Work Study and College Work Option, departmental employment is part of the overall student employment program and, as such, payment is made through student payroll. Students whose wages are to be paid from departmental budget funds, grants or stipends must have a Student Employment Notification form (Contract) completed by the departmental supervisor and submitted to the Office of Financial Aid.
Employment under the Federal Work-Study Program, College Work Option, or Departmental Job Programs can be an important part of your total learning experience while you are at the College. You should approach your job with a strong sense of commitment and responsibility. Your job will not only provide you with financial assistance, but it will allow you to participate first-hand in the daily operations of Franklin & Marshall College.