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Federal Work Study Program

The Federal Work Study Program is financed by both federal and institutional funds. If you receive a Work Study award, it means that you are eligible to be paid for work from an individual department’s Work Study Budget; it is not a guarantee of employment. Because employment is voluntary and limited, these funds are never deducted from your billing statement; you receive a pay check for your work, and it is up to you to put that money towards your college expenses.

If you are eligible to participate in the Federal Work Study Program, you will see a Work Study award on the Financial Aid Award Letter you receive from the Financial Aid Office. To be considered for the award, you must complete a FAFSA by the March 1 priority filing deadline, indicate an interest in Work Study on the FAFSA, and demonstrate financial need as defined by federal policy.

  • Students who receive and accept a Work Study award are not guaranteed an on-campus position.
  • Work Study authorizations are emailed to eligible students from the Financial Aid Office once a year and must be presented to employers to secure employment.
  • Students are paid every two weeks and are expected to budget these earnings for educational expenses. Pay rates are set by the College and vary based on job titles, required skills, responsibilities, and the employee’s qualifications and experience. The general pay range is $8-$15 per hour.
  • The Work Study total on the award Letter represents an earning limit. Students are encouraged to monitor earnings to ensure they do not exceed this limit. Earnings in excess of this limit may need to be repaid.
  • Typical jobs are found in the library, department offices, gymnasium, student center, and residence halls, in positions such as student assistant, library assistant, grounds crew, lifeguard, residence night attendant, and intramural activities assistant. See Handshake for job listings and to apply.
  • Funds from the Work Study Program enable eligible students to work an average of 10 hours per week each semester while classes are in session. The number of hours a student may work per week depends on their award and the rate of pay they receive for their work.

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Student Financial Services
Keene State College
229 Main Street
Keene, NH 03435-2606

800-572-1909 • 603-358-2280
Fax: 603-358-2794

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