Work Study Frequent Asked Questions
This page contains answers to common questions handled by
our staff, along with some tips we have found useful and presented here as
- Park University sponsors two types of Student Employment programs.
They are Institutional Work-Study (IWSP) and Federal College
- Work Study jobs complement your educational program or
career goals while gaining relevant work experience in a business setting.
- Work Study is a campus-based program co-administered by the Financial Aid
Office. To apply for Work Study, you need to:
- File a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). (Using Park
University School Code 002498)
- Indicate interest in Work Study by marking FAFSA question 28
- Indicate that you are interested in Work Study on your Request for
Financial Aid form issued by Park University Student Financial
- After notification of eligibility from Financial Aid, students may search
the database on the web within the Student
- Acceptance of the
work-study award does not guarantee placement.
- The name work-study can be misleading. Work-study positions are
an important part of the daily functions of Park and its community service
partners. The individual employers will establish the duties and tasks
- It is important that each job be treated as a "real
job" in where the student is expected to work in exchange for wages.
- Seven percent of the Federal Work Study budget is allocated to Community
- Community Service is defined as services which are
identified by an institution of higher education, through formal or informal
consolation with local nonprofit, governmental, and community based
- This service is designed to improve the quality of life for
community residents, particularly low income individuals, or to solve
particular problems related to their needs.
- An emphasis is placed on
direct services. Most positions are located off campus and would require
- Fields which could qualify as community service include
health care, education, welfare, social services, public safety,
recreation, rural development, and community improvement.
- Yes, in some cases dual assignments are granted and are approved by the
- Requests for additional funds are reviewed by Financial Aid Office and are
approved based on employer needs and availability of funds.
- Once the timesheets are submitted and processed, paychecks are issued on
the 10th of each month. Checks are available in accounting at the
- No. Individual departments will determine the hourly rate based on
knowledge required, experience and skills.
- Work-study award amounts have
no bearing on the hourly rate.
- Issues regarding pay rates, increases and
number of hours per week should be discussed with your supervisor.