Work-study jobs available for qualified students

The U.S. Department of Education covers 50 percent of a student’s pay

Washington University in St. Louis departments can now save even more money by hiring Federal Work-Study students. The U.S. Department of Education can cover 50 percent of a student’s pay, up from 45 percent last year. The university department pays the rest.

Student Financial Services says qualified work-study students are available to perform any number of tasks in university offices and laboratories. Last year, 900 undergraduate work-study students earned more than $1 million in wages. Most students work an average of six to 10 hours a week.

Student Financial Services will help match positions to eligible students. Interested students should visit My FAA Access and select “Student Employment” from the left menu to search open 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.

More than 200 university departments currently utilize the Federal Work-Study program. 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; the Engineering IT Help Center in the School of Engineering & Applied Science uses student consultants to answer computer questions; and the Office of Sustainability has hired an intern to boost its marketing efforts.