Federal Work Study
What is a work-study student?
What are the advantages of a work-study position?
How many hours can a student work?
How much will a student earn?
How are work-study students paid?
Student employment programs at UNO?
Federal Work Study is a program that provides job opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students with financial need, allowing them to earn money to help pay educational expenses. Students who accept Federal Work Study are not guaranteed a job. The program encourages community service work and work related to your course of study.
Hundreds of UNO students take advantage of the work-study program to earn extra money for living expenses.
A work-study student is a temporary part-time hourly worker, enrolled for at least one credit hour, whose primary purpose for being at the University is the achievement of an education. The individual's employment is temporary and secondary to the pursuit of a degree.
Students work in nearly every office and department throughout UNO. They perform many different functions that help our university run smoothly. Research has found that student employment plays a role in students staying enrolled and working towards completion of their degrees. A signifant influence on career choices after graduation can be part-time experiences that expose students to career-related opportunities. Advantages include:
- Flexible work schedules.
- Employers understand and support the fact that you are a student first and foremost.
- Work opportunities related to your course of study.
- Your earnings are treated as "income exclusion" for future FAFSA application processing purposes.
- Minimal commuting time and convenience.
Work-study students work an average of 10 to 20 hours per week depending on their class schedule and the needs of the hiring department.
Work-study wages will be at least the current federal minimum wage, but could be higher depending on the type of work and skills needed to perform the job. However, the amount you earn cannot exceed your total Federal Work-Study award.
Work-study students at UNO earn an hourly wage and are paid bi-weekly. The University has an Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) system, which automatically deposits the student's earnings directly into their checking/savings account. The student will receive a pay-stub detailing the amount of monies deposited and the taxes withheld.
UNO's Student Employment Programs advertises current work-study job openings on:
The Student Job Board in the Eppley Administration Building, on the 1st floor across from Cashiering
Online Job Listing - search current openings.
Computers are available in Eppley, Room 205 for student use in on-campus job search.
Since 1969, the University of Nebraska at Omaha has been participating in the Federal Work Study (FWS) program. This program provides employment as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). FWS is offered as a part of your total financial aid package to assist you in financing your college education. See a Financial Aid Counselor for additional information regarding FWS. See Student Employment for information regarding work-study opportunities.