Work Study

What is Work Study (WS)?

Work Study (WS) provides part-time jobs for undergraduate students allowing them to earn money to help pay educational expenses.  Most students use their earnings for their daily expenses.

How do students receive WS?

Work Study (both Federal and Institutional) are awarded by the Financial Aid Office. Federal Work Study awards are based on financial need as determined by the information provided on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Institutional awards are based on specific skill sets needed by the University. The official award letter, from the Financial Aid Office, confirms your award amount. 

How are students paid for their work?

Once students completed their WS contracts, and the necessary payroll forms they may begin their employment. Supervisors must record time worked. Time sheets are signed by the supervisor, certifying the time worked, and must be submitted to the Financial Aid Office on a monthly basis. A schedule for submitting time sheets, and picking up checks in the Business Office will be provided at the Work Study Supervisor Training.

How do students know if they have been hired?

After the student reviews and responds to a job posting, the department will submit an “Offer of Hire” to the Financial Aid Office. The Financial Aid Office will review and notify the department if the request has been approved. The department will coordinate with the student to set up a work schedule.

How many hours can a student work?

On average, a typical work study schedule is calculated as follows:

$1800 eligibility / $7.25HR / 32 weeks of school = 7.75 hours of work a week

What if students need help?

The Career Services Office can assist with the website and technical issues. Alan Scott can be reached atscotta1@chowan.edu(link sends e-mail).

The Financial Aid Office can look into work study eligibility questions.  The email address is finaid@chowan.edu(link sends e-mail).

How do students find a job?

Students must create an account online at College Central to browse and apply for a work study job. Once an account is created students can create resumes using the My Resume section on the left side. 

Students may also browse the available jobs using the “Search Postings to My School” feature.  Students must click on the actual job posting and complete any actions that the department requests in order to be considered for a position.