Work study may be included in a student’s financial aid package. The Federal Work-Study Program is a form of self-help financial assistance. The program funds a limited number of part-time employment opportunities for both on and off campus jobs. This provides a student with the ability to work and earn money to offset a portion of their college living expenses.
A student’s federal work-study award depends on when you apply, your need, and the amount of funding MMC receives. Being awarded a Federal Work-Study grant does not guarantee you will get a job in the program or on-campus. Additional jobs may become available throughout the school year. To find out about vacancies, contact the Federal Work-Study Coordinator in the Center for Student Services. Please note that FWS awards cannot be applied directly to a student’s bill.
WHAT IS FEDERAL WORK-STUDY?
Federal work-study (FWS) is a program that offers students the opportunity to work part time, on-campus or off-campus, to help pay for the costs of their education. Educational expenses go beyond tuition and fees. These funds can be utilized to finance other expenses, such as books and supplies or travel expenses. Work-study earnings are based on the number of hours worked, and are paid directly to the student, at a rate of $15.00 per hour. These earnings are not credited to the student’s tuition.
HOW DO I APPLY FOR AN ON-CAMPUS JOB?
The job opportunities are available online. If you are interested in a particular job, you must forward your resume and work availability to the supervisors/contact person indicated on the job description. Interviews are scheduled with the hiring supervisors. Once hired, you will need to complete the employment paperwork. Click on the link below to view positions
Please note: You can only accept one position. Only one FWS job contract will be issued at the time of referral.
WHAT FORMS DO I HAVE TO COMPLETE?
Employment Eligibility Verification Form (I-9)
Federal Work-Study Hiring Form (will be given to student by hiring department or Federal Work-Study Coordinator.)
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF THE FEDERAL WORK-STUDY PROGRAM?
A work-study job can be enjoyable and profitable to the student even it is not directly related to their field of study. The student will have an introduction to understanding the dynamics of the working world. In addition, students will acquire new responsibilities, expand their job interests and develop interpersonal skills. Supervisors are influential to the professional development of students by encouraging good work habits through the employment experience.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE?
Students eligible to participate in this program must have a completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file. To be eligible for Federal Work-Study the student must:
- Be matriculated and enrolled full-time study
- Be a U.S. Citizen, permanent resident alien, or other eligible classifications of non-citizen.
- Be in good academic standing at the college and maintain satisfactory progress according to federal guidelines.
- Demonstrate financial need.
All students who have filed a FAFSA will receive a Financial Aid Award Package. Eligible work-study students will have “CWS” indicated on their award letter with an amount.
WHAT IS THE RATE OF PAY?
The pay rate as of January 1, 2019 is $15.00 per hour. Students are awarded initially $3,000 for the entire academic year based on their financial need. Students are paid bi-weekly and have the option of having their checks electronically deposited in their checking or savings accounts.
Students can work a maximum of 19.5 hours per week while school is in session and 35 hours per week during spring break or summer when school is not in session. Departments prefer to hire students who have at least a two-hour block of time available. Supervisors approve students hours based on departmental need and your remaining Federal Work-Study funds. Students may only work the number of hours per week indicated on the Federal Work-Study Referral Form.
Students are not permitted to begin working until the FWS supervisor submits a Federal Work-Study Referral Form, an Employment Eligibility Verification Form (I-9), and a W-4 Form to the Center for Student Services. The student may begin working once the Center for Student Services approves the Federal Work-Study Referral Form. The Center for Student Services will notify the supervisor of the approval. Students resigning from their jobs must notify the Center for Student Services and provide their supervisor with at least two weeks notice. Supervisors must submit a Federal Work-Study Change/Termination Form to the center for Student Services to officially finalize the resignation.
OFF-CAMPUS FEDERAL WORK-STUDY
Marymount Manhattan College must use at least 7% of its Federal Work-Study (FWS) allocation to employ students in community service jobs. Employing Federal Work-Study students in these positions serve the needs of the community and gives the students an enriching and rewarding experience.
Community Services are services designed to improve the quality of life for community residents, particularly low-income individuals, or to solve particular problems related to their needs through nonprofit, governmental, and community-based organizations.
Working for services related to the student’s academic or vocational goals is encouraged, but not required. The work performed, however, must be in the public interest. Work in the public interest is defined as work performed for the welfare of the community, rather than work performed for a particular interest or group.
Marymount Manhattan College’s community service program offers students jobs tutoring children from Pre-K to 6th grade in reading and math through the America Reads Program.
If you are interested in an off-campus employment opportunity, please complete the Public Service Corps Application and return it with a copy of your resume to the Center for Student Services located in the lower level of the Nugent Building. We will forward your application to Public Service Corps. If you meet the requirements for employment, Public Service Corps will notify you and schedule an interview with you.
THE FEDERAL WORK-STUDY INTERVIEW
After you have selected a job and made an appointment for an interview, prepare for the interview by doing the following:
- Prepare a professional resume
- Be on time for your interview
- Be well-groomed and appropriately dressed
- Be prepared to discuss the hours you are available to work
STUDENT WORKERS’ RESPONSIBLITIES
- Act in a professional manner.
- Learn your duties and complete all assignments on time.
- Maintain confidentiality of assigned department documentation.
- Notify your supervisor as early in the day as possible that you will be out or if you are going to be late.
- Refrain from conducting personal business on the job, e.g. course assignments.
- Accurately record your work hours on the time sheet.
- Take your job seriously and perform your task to the best of you ability.
HOW TO CALCULATE THE NUMBER OF HOURS THAT YOU MAY WORK?
Divide the total FWS award by the rate of pay. This gives the total number of student work hours. Then, divide the total work hours by the number of hours the student may work per week. This gives the number of weeks the student will be available to work.
EXAMPLE: $3000 (FWS award/$15.00 (rate of pay) = 200 hours (total work hours/19 maximum number of hours per week) = 10 weeks of work.
The maximum number of works hours the student is available during the academic period is provided on the contract and calculated using the above formula.
UNPAID WORK BREAKS
It is mandatory that after 5 hours of work that the student takes a work break. One half-hour is the minimum break allowed.
AM I REQUIRED TO FILE A TAX RETURN?
Federal Work Study wages are reportable income earnings. The student is issued a W-2 form detailing the wages earned for the appropriate tax year. It is the student’s responsibility to make sure they file the appropriate Federal and State tax forms to report all income earned if required by tax laws.