Despite the name, work-study doesn’t mean that your school or college will pay you to study.
While that would be a nice thing, work-study is actual work that will help you pay for your education expenses.
That was one of the facts about work-study that South Dakota financial aid professionals discussed during a recent conference in Huron. Some of other reminders about work-study from the financial aid experts were:
It's a real job. Students are not getting paid to study. Sure, there might be some jobs where students have some downtime and can read a textbook, but many of the jobs require full attention.
Work-study is not guaranteed. There’s no guarantee that a student will get a work-study job or that you will earn the full amount indicated on the award letter.
Complete the paperwork. Because it is a real job, there is other paperwork you must complete to get the job, such as an application and a W-4 (tax-withholding form).
Students are paid for work-study. The pay comes in the form of paycheck. The amount earned from work-study is not deducted from the tuition.
Work hours cannot conflict with classes. If a class is cancelled, a student may be able to work that class time to earn money, but it must be approved.
Work-study jobs are usually on campus but may sometimes be off campus depending on the program at the school. For more information about work-study, contact the financial aid office at the school or college.