8 Things to Know About Work Study

1. Being Awarded Work-Study Does Not Guarantee You a Job

Many students here at Bates receive either Bates or Federal Work-study in their financial aid package. Work-study is not a program, nor does it guarantee you a job. All Work-study students must apply for jobs like any other student. To apply for jobs please visit Handshake. You can find all on-campus jobs and many off-campus jobs and internships on Handshake. When a work-study student writes a cover letter for any on-campus jobs they are applying for on Handshake, they should mention they received work-study in their financial aid package. During the first two weeks of classes, supervisors are encouraged to prioritize the hiring of work- study students if they are equally qualified for the position.

2. Work-Study Students have Opportunities to Work Off-Campus

Through the Harward Center, work-study students have the opportunity to work off-campus. All of the positions in the Harward center are for work-study students only. These positions are community service centered and often involve local organizations, non-profits, and school programs. To learn more about these opportunities contact the Harward Center, email mdeschai@bates.edu, or call 207-786-6202. The Harward Center is located at 161 Wood St, Lewiston, ME.

3. Work-Study Funds Are Not Applied Directly to Your Tuition

Unlike other types of financial aid, work-study earnings are not applied directly to your tuition and fees. Students who are awarded work-study receive the funds via direct deposit as they earn them, based on hours worked, just like a normal job. These earnings are meant to help with the day to day expenses that students have and are not meant to cover large costs like tuition and housing.

4. Work-Study is not Guaranteed from Year to Year

There are several factors that can determine whether or not you receive work-study from year to year. These include your family income or financial need, whether you used the work-study funds that were offered to you in a prior year, or how much work-study funding your school receives that year. Typically, students who file the FAFSA early (in January/February prior to the academic year) and answer on the FAFSA that they are interested in Federal Work-Study will have a higher chance of being awarded funds from the program.

5. Pay May Vary

On-campus jobs vary in qualifications and responsibilities, so the pay will depend on the job that you are hired to do. So that Bates is in compliance with the State of Maine minimum wage, all student wages are at a minimum of $11.00 per hour. There are very few on-campus positions where students receive pay over $11.00 per hour.

7. Federal Work-study Earnings Are Removed From Your FAFSA Calculation for the Next Year

One of the benefits of earning income through a federal work-study position is that those earnings do not count against you when you complete the next year’s FAFSA. Be sure to answer the question regarding how much was earned through work-study on your FAFSA accurately. If you do not know the answer, you can contact the payroll office for help. This is not applicable to Bates Work-study students.

8. Hours Worked May Vary

How many hours you work each week will depend on the type of job you get and your employer’s expectations. Many student employment positions will allow you to work around your class schedule. Students working on campus cannot work more than 20 hours per week when school is in session. During full week breaks and summer, students who stay on campus have the opportunity to work more than 20 hours per week.