Federal Work-Study is awarded on a first come first served basis to students with financial need. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by February 15th. Students must accept their work study award online by July 1st to be eligible for placement.
Students must be admitted to and in regular attendance at the University and in good standing for financial aid to work under the Federal Work-Study program. Eligible students work 10 to 20 hours a week. Unlike other federal financial aid, Federal Work Study funds are not posted to student accounts as a credit. Instead, these funds are paid bi-weekly to help the student with living expenses. Students awarded Federal Work Study will need to pay outstanding fee balances by other means.
Federal Work Study jobs will be posted in banner on August 1st and will continually be updated for the Fall and Spring semesters. Students awarded in this program choose the job in which they are interested and must interview for the position and have the department and Financial Aid and Scholarships office sign off on an interview form and return the copy to the hiring department. Interview forms are found in banner.
Federal Work Study funds are expended quickly, therefore, a Wait List is kept of students not initially awarded but still interested in the program. If work study is not a part of your award package and you are interested in being a part of the program, contact the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office at 731-881-7040 and request that you be added to the Federal Work Study Wait List. Although awards from the list are dependent on funds becoming available, several students each year are normally awarded from it. The list is kept in order of the date of the completed Financial Aid File. The work study wait list will be available sometime during the first week of July and January please call the office for the exact dates, the list will open at 8:00 a.m. and close when all spots are full.
Part-time employment is also available in the Martin area through the Student Employment Program. To be eligible for this part-time employment, the student must meet the requirements established by the employing agency. Financial need is not a factor. Students should regularly check the Student Employment Job Postings tab in banner under Personal Information to find out what is available and how they should apply.
Students on this program receive a $1000 scholarship their freshman year and then a workship of $2000 for the following sophomore, junior and senior years. The spring of their freshman year they will receive a letter from our office giving guidelines to apply for the open workship positions. The interview process for these jobs is very competitive and a prompt response is very important. To keep your workship job, once hired, you have to maintain a GPA of 3.0 each year. If you do not get a job within your sophomore year or your GPA falls below a 3.0 you will forfeit your workship opportunity.
Departments also hire students through their departmental budget. Students seeking employment on campus should check with the departments in which they would like to work. Some departments historically hire a larger number of students including the Library, University Center, Bookstore, and Information Technology Services. Departments are not required to post their jobs, but both Financial Aid and Student Placement will post campus positions as they are notified of need.