Office of Financial Aid — Work Study Handbook

Work Study Handbook: Information for Students

General Overview

The Federal Work-Study Program was established by Congress as part of the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964. Its purpose is to promote part-time employment for students with financial need and to provide work experience related to a student’s interests. Work-Study is a federally-subsidized program where costs are shared by the federal government and the individual employer. The current wage cost ratio for On-Campus Employers is 0%. In other words, the On-Campus employer pays 0% of each student's wage, and the Federal Government pays 100%. For Off-Campus employers, the wage cost ratio is 25%-70%.

The Program must adhere to congressional legislation which is regulated by the U.S. Department of Education. Federal regulations mandate that student employees must not displace or replace existing employees (including those on strike). The Federal Work-Study program is directed by the Financial Aid Office at Willamette. At the , we will make all efforts possible to promote job openings, but unfortunately, we cannot guarantee that all students will be hired.

Students and employers should remember that each has responsibilities toward the employment relationship. Federal Work-Study students are instructed that their job is second only to academics. They are also expected to practice common employment courtesy, such as calling well in advance if they are unable to work at a scheduled time. Employers should also be sensitive to the special needs of college students, who occasionally may request a day off to study for exams. If both parties consider the concerns of the other and do not abuse the relationship, a work-study job can be a rewarding experience for all involved.