Work-study students available to fill campus jobs

Departments only pay 55 percent of  federal work-study wages

An extra pair of helping hands may cost your department less money than you think.

Student Financial Services reports that qualified work-study students are available to perform any number of tasks in university offices and laboratories. The U.S. Department of Education will cover 45 percent of the student’s pay; the university department pays the rest.

Last year, 900 undergraduate work-study students earned more than $1 million in wages. Most students work an average of eight to 10 hours a week.

Student Financial Services will help match positions to eligible students. A new website, which launches Sept. 20, also will list available jobs.
Employers who would like to create a federal work-study position should contact James McDonald, assistant director of Student Financial Services, at (314) 935-6847 or Employers who already have hired a student employee also are encouraged to contact McDonald to find out if that student’s pay is eligible for federal funding.

McDonald said university departments have found a variety of innovative ways to use student workers. The Performing Arts Department has hired student workers to run lights for campus productions; Engineering IT Help Center uses student consultants to answer computer questions; and the Office of Sustainability has hired an intern to boost its marketing efforts.