A student agrees in the Work-Study Contract to work a specific total number of hours during the academic year. When these hours are fulfilled, the student will have earned his or her total award. A student may not work over the contracted awarded amount. Any work over this amount constitutes an over-award in financial aid. In such a case, some other type of aid may have to be reduced. In some cases the amount of the award may be increased, provided fund are available. This increase would require a new updated contract be on file reflecting the increase.
The contract also states an average number of hours a week the student should try to work. This keeps the student “on track” and allows the supervisor to plan and prepare work assignments.
A student, who desires to reduce his or her weekly work hours, thereby reducing their total work-study award, should do so within three weeks from the beginning of the term. Once a work-study award is reduced, the award should remain reduced for the remainder of the academic year, and no other financial aid changes should be made. Students who do not work the entire contracted award amount may have their work-study award reduced for the next academic year.
Work-study can be suspended at any time due to lack of funds.