The Federal Work-Study Program allows students to earn funds for educational expenses by working a part-time job on campus or at approved off-campus sites. This program is designed to provide students with an opportunity for employment arranged around class schedules.
Money earned from Work-Study may be used for tuition, fees, room and board, books, and any other expenses related to your education. Work-study monies are not credited toward payment of tuition and fees, on-campus housing, or other expenses that are directly billed by CIA. Work-study funds are direct deposited into the bank account of your choice.
How do I become eligible?
To be eligible for the Federal Work-Study program, you must demonstrate financial need, as determined by the US Department of Education, by completing the FAFSA. Eligibility is evaluated annually, so completing the FAFSA each year is essential.
Your Financial Aid award letter will reference the amount of work-study funds you are eligible to earn each year. Review and accept each component of your financial aid award at Net Partner.
How do I being apply for work-study?
Start the process to apply for work-study by visiting CIA's Career Center, to complete the following documents:
How do I find a work-study job?
All work-study jobs are posted on College Central, a comprehensive job board which also lists internships, freelance, and permanent employment opportunities. The Career Center will help you obtain a User Name and login.
When you find a position you're interested in, contact the supervisor listed in the position listing to arrange for an interview. If the supervisor intends to hire you, they will initiate the FWS verification process (confirming you are eligible to work in the work-study program that year) via an "Intent to Hire" form. You will be notified via email of each step completed during the verification process.
Each academic year, a new FWS agreement must be completed an on file for each work-study job that hold.
I had a federal work-study award last year. Do I have it again this year?
Not automatically. To be considered for subsequent years, you must complete the FAFSA each year, and CIA's Office of Financial Aid will review your eligibility each year.
Can I continue to work in the summer using my federal work-study funds?
The financial aid award year begins on July 1 of each year and ends on June 30. If you have not earned your entire FWS award during the school year, you may continue to work at your job, or obtain a summer position, until June 30 of that academic year.
Beginning July 1, you may continue to work provided that you have received a FWS award, and have accepted the award through Net Partner. Additionally, you'll have to complete a new FWS agreement, even if it's for a position you previously held.
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