Marye Oliver
Federal Work Study Coordinator
Office of Student Financial Services
Office: (937) 708-5729
Fax: (937) 376-4751

Federal Work Study is a Federally Funded Program established to encourage colleges and universities to provide on campus job opportunities and off-campus community service opportunities to their students. Federal Work Study is awarded on a first come first serve basis after a student has completed the FAFSA. Federal Work Study Participants go through an application and interview process before being hired and receive authorization to begin working via email ONLY after all Financial Aid Requirements are met.

Federal Work Study Forms

Federal Work-Study Program Overview

Employment in the Federal Work-Study Program is considered wages earned by the student. Generally, students are paid bi-weekly and earnings are directly deposited into the student’s personal bank account. Federal Work-Study earnings are not applied to the student’s account to pay towards their balance owed to Wilberforce University unless the student has completed a voluntary payroll deduction form. Like most jobs, the wages earned are given to the student to spend at their discretion. The amount of hours a student employee can work per week is determined by the Federal Work Study Coordinator. Typically, students work between 10 and 20 hours each week.

Employment can be on or off campus, however Freshman can only work on campus. If students work on campus, they typically work for a department or organization at Wilberforce University. If students work off campus, the employer is usually a private, nonprofit organization or a public agency. Students can contact the Office of Financial Aid for more information on current student employee opportunities.

The student will receive a W-2 Form at the end of the calendar year and the student is responsible for reporting necessary wages earned to the IRS as taxable income when completing a federal income tax return

Participation Benefits

Students are not required to participate in the Federal Work-Study program to secure a job as a student employee, however there are benefits to the participating in the program. Many employers prefer to hire Federal Work-Study students because the federal government subsidizes 75% of the student’s wages.

Another benefit to participating in the program occurs when filing the FAFSA for a future aid year. The U.S. Department of Education will exclude any wages earned by the student in a Federal Work-Study position from the student’s total earned income. This can potential increase the student’s financial need for the future aid year.


On the student’s Award Letter, the Office of Financial Aid will offer a maximum amount of wages the student can earn in a Federal Work-Study position for the aid year. Students earn at least the current minimum hourly wages of $10.10/hr on campus and $13/hr for off campus and community service jobs.

The Federal Work Study Coordinator monitors students’ total wages earned in the Federal Work-Study Program and will notify both the student and Supervisor when the student is nearing the maximum amount of wages accepted by the student on his or her Award Notice.

Enrollment Requirements

Students must be enrolled at least half-time each term to participate in the Federal Work-Study program.

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