Work Study at PVAMU

The College Work-Study programs administer federal or state subsidized student grants to colleges for post-secondary students in financial need. The United States Department of Education and Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board monitor these programs.

Approximately 3,400 schools participate in these programs, and these approved colleges receive yearly appropriated funds to create campus jobs for students. Prairie View A&M University participates in the Federal (FWS) and State work-study programs (TWS).

To become eligible for work-study, you must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine your eligibility.

PVAMU awards work-study as part of the financial aid package based on available funding and financial need. Financial need is the difference between the Cost of Attendance (COA) set by the school and your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) determined by the FAFSA.

The programs are designed to provide students with an opportunity for employment arranged around class schedules. Students must be enrolled at least half-time to be eligible for this program.

If awarded work-study, students find work-study positions through job postings by the Student Employment Office. In most cases, they will have the opportunity to interview with potential work-study employers. During the hiring process, the potential employer will consider class schedule, academic progress, total award, and the needs of the department. In the end, whether or not they are hired is up to the employer. However, if the student does not secure a position within 30 days of the first class day of awarded term, the award will be cancelled.

Work-Study wages can’t be lower than the current federal minimum wage. FWS guidelines state that a work-study student isn’t allowed to work more than 20 hours a week when school is in session.

The awarded work-study amount (allocation) indicates the amount per semester the student may earn. Work-study students are not allowed to exceed the allocated funds for the semester. Therefore, to ensure adequate award balance, a work-study balance sheet is completed every pay period. The student and supervisor sets the schedule and work hours. The student must cease to work when the allocated amount is exhausted.

Students receive an hourly wage set by their hiring supervisor. They receive their earnings via a biweekly paycheck; these earnings are paid directly to the student and not deducted from the University invoice or bill.

Work-study availability varies by semester, if a student was not offered and award and wishes to request work-study, they must submit an online work-study request each semester and renew your FAFSA each academic year.

How do I check my award for work-study? 

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