A work-study job is a great way to help pay for your college costs, avoid student loan debt, gain gain valuable work experience.  If work-study funds are listed on your CWI financial aid award notification, you can apply for an approved CWI work-study job.  Most of these jobs are on campus. Work-study eligible students are encouraged to find work related to their course of study, or work benefiting the community.

Overview

Work-Study jobs are more than just money for college!

The experiences and skills you will obtain while working part-time in college will be a great addition to your success in the classroom.  Research has indicated that students who work part-time while they are in college (up to 19 hours per week) perform just as well or even better academically than students who don't work.  Get a head start on your future success in the classroom and professionally in a work-study job.

What is a work-study job?

Work-study is a part-time, hourly position meant to help you pay for your college costs and avoid student loan debt.   Also, work-study jobs have a number of other benefits, including:

  • additional financial resources you won't have to pay back later
  • valuable, real-world, work experience for your resume
  • opportunities to network with experienced professionals
  • flexibility to try different jobs/fields/careers
  • connect with the CWI campus community

Can any student get a work study job?

No. Work study jobs are only available to eligible students who have been offered work-study funding in their financial aid award package. In order to be eligible for a work-study award, you must demonstrate financial need, meet all application deadlines, be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen and enroll in at least one course each semester.

If you've completed your FAFSA, have received your CWI financial aid award notification, but haven't been offered work-study funding, you may still request funding.

To request work-study funding:

  1. Be sure you have completed your FAFSA and have received your CWI Award Notification (myCWI)
  2. Indicate that you are actively seeking a work-study job by completing a work-study funding request form online and researching available positions.

Are work-study jobs on-campus or off-campus?

Currently, CWI only offers on-campus work-study jobs.

How much do work-study jobs pay?

You’ll earn at least the current federal minimum wage. However, the amount might be higher depending on the type of work you do and the skills required for the position. The wage for each position is listed in the position description.

Also, each work-study recipient is awarded a specific amount for the school year. Each student's total work-study award depends on:

  • availability of work-study funds
  • financial need.
  • availability of other types of grant or scholarship aid
  • enrollment plans (i.e. full-time or part-time)

Where can I get help finding a work-study job?

Visit CWI's Career and College Transfer Center (CCTC) located in the Micron Center for Professional Technical Education in Nampa. The CCTC offers a variety of career exploration resources, workshops, resume writing assistance, interview coaching, as well as help finding student-employment opportunities.

How will I receive my work-study funds?

You will receive a paycheck twice a month for hours worked on the same schedule as all other CWI employees.

Finding a Job

Step-by-Step Work-Study Employment

Step 1 - Complete your FAFSA

Work-study positions at CWI are reserved for students who have completed the financial aid application process (www.fafsa.ed.gov), have financial need, and have been offered work-study funds as part of their financial aid packages.

If you've completed your FAFSA, have received your CWI financial aid award notification, but haven't been offered work-study funding, you may still request funding.

To request work-study funding:

  1. Be sure you have completed your FAFSA and have received your CWI Award Notification (myCWI)
  2. Indicate that you are actively seeking a work-study job by completing a work-study funding request form online and researching available positions.

Step 2 - Search for a Work-Study Job

After you've completed your FAFSA and have been offered work-study funding, begin your CWI work-study job search online.

Step 3 - Get Hired!

Once you've found a position that interests you, apply for the position online.  Follow up with the contact person for the position you are interested in and make an appointment/schedule an interview.  His/her name and number can be found on the job listing. Follow up with your contact person after your appointment to determine if you were selected for the job and set your work schedule.  Your contact person/supervisor will notify CWI Human Resources of their hiring decision.

Step 4 - Employment Documentation

Once you've been notified by a CWI work-study employer that you've been selected for a work-study position, your first responsibility as a student employee will be to report to CWI Human Resources where you will complete an I-9 Form and a W-4 Form.

If you have not previously completed these documents for CWI you will need to do this on your first day of employment. Be prepared to show required forms of identification to the Human Resources staff in order to verify your eligibility to work in the United States.  Be sure to complete this step BEFORE beginning your agreed upon work-schedule! Once you begin your work schedule, you should log your hours worked using a Student Time Sheet.

Available Positions

2013-14 Work-Study Jobs

Work-study jobs for the 2013-14 school year will be posted online August 1st, 2013.

CWI Work-Study Job Search

NOTE: Students with 2013-14 work-study funding will be able to begin working in 2013-14 positions August 19th, 2013.

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