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Work-study is a part-time job. Payment of work-study funds comes in the form of a paycheck, but only if a student secures a designated work-study position and works the hours. The current rate of pay is $12.50 per hour.
On average, students are eligible to work up to 12 hours per week. Work study is available during the fall and spring semesters only; it is not available during J-Term or Summer. Review the Federal Work Study Program Handbook. for detailed information about the work-study program.
Work-study is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, therefore, filing the FAFSA before the priority deadline each year is imperative. Students must select on the FAFSA that they want to be considered for work-study.
Students must have sufficient financial need after all other grants, scholarships, and Direct Subsidized loans have been offered to them. Students living on-campus will also be offered a Direct Unsubsidized Loan before work-study is offered to them.
Students caught falsifying work-study time sheets will be forever banned from the work-study program, even if they meet all other eligibility requirements.
Must have a valid FAFSA on file
Must have financial need, as demonstrated by the FAFSA
Must be a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen
Accepted as a regular student working toward a degree or eligible certificate program (bachelor's or master's level)
Attending at least half-time (6 credit hours)
Maintain satisfactory progress toward a degree
Cannot be in default on any other federal loans
Cannot owe a refund on a federal student grant or loan
Students must accept work-study using Banner. There is a deadline to accept work-study (typically in July).
Students who have accepted work-study will receive an email from Financial Aid in early August describing the work-study job search process.
Only students that have received a FWS Eligibility Letter are permitted to search for a work-study position. Students that have misplaced this letter may obtain a new one at the Financial Aid Office.
All federal work-study jobs are posted in BengalLink in collaboration with the Career Development Center.
Once a student secures a job it is important that they complete the required employment paperwork (below), submit electronic timesheets per the payroll schedule, and succeed in performing the job requirements to the supervisor's satisfaction. The FWS Handbook is an excellent resource to learn more about the entire work-study process.
IMPORTANT: The hiring supervisor is responsible to provide ALL necessary paperwork to the student applying to the open position in their area.
ALL WORK STUDY STUDENTS MUST SUBMIT THE FOLLOWING DOCUMENTATION TO THE FINANCIAL AID OFFICE:
IN ADDITION...........NEW WORK-STUDY STUDENTS MUST ALSO SUBMIT THESE FORMS:
If a student did not work on campus in the previous academic year, they also need to print out and complete the forms listed below. They cannot begin work or receive any payroll checks until all the required paperwork has been submitted to the Financial Aid Office.
NY State IT - 2104 (only for students who reside in New York City and Yonkers)
Timesheets are found online in the SUNY Secure Employee Services Portal
The I-9 requires that the student shows proof of eligibility to work in the U.S. This is done most often by showing a social security card, birth certificate or passport. Photocopies are not acceptable. The original document must be shown prior to beginning work. For further details on what documents can meet this requirement review the last page of the I-9 form (above), columns A and C. Section 1 must be completed by the student. Section 2 must be completed by the supervisor.
All work-study students should have the Conditions of Student Employment form on file in the department in which they are employed.
Due to limited funding, not all students that are awarded work-study will find a position. Further, all students that requested work-study will not be awarded it.
The Career Development Center (CDC) is available to assist students in finding a part-time position not funded through work-study.
See also the Other Part Time Jobs page.
All Buffalo State students can use BengalLink to find part-time, summer, volunteer, internship, and full-time opportunities.
Use the resources below to help find and manage work-study employment.
Federal Work Study Calculator for FALL 2021 - $12.50 per hr
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