Work Study

Work study is a need-based award which is packaged along with grants, scholarships and loans.  To be considered for work study students need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) indicating interest in work study each year. 

Limited funding is available for work study.  Because of limited work study funding and financial aid eligibility requirements, not all students who request work study will receive work study.  Only about 20% of the earnings of UNI student employees comes from work study; the remaining 80% comes from the department accounts where students work.  If you haven't been awarded work-study there are still thousands of employment opportunities available for you on-campus at UNI.  Students without work study can:

  • Look for departmental positions posted on the job board at: http://www.uni.edu/careerservices/ 
  • Inquire within the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships to learn more about Community Service Learning (CSL) positions.  This federal program requires that a student file for financial aid and have financial need.  Non-profit agencies partner with UNI to participate in the Community Service Learning (CSL) program. 
  • Inquire within the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships about the America Reads (Panther Paws) program.  This federal program requires that a student file for financial aid and have financial need to tutor in a local elementary school.

Work-Study FAQ's

What should I do if I have been awarded work study? 

  • Accept the work study award on your financial aid award found on My Student Center. 
  • Look for work study positions posted on the job board at: http://www.uni.edu/careerservices/ 
  • If more help is needed in finding a work study job, contact the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships.  Students who have not started working by the third week of the semester may lose the work study funding.

How do I find a work study job?

Work study jobs are posted through the Office of Career Services http://www.uni.edu/careerservices/ 

How will I be paid for work study?

Your way of receiving pay will differ from the way of receiving other aid such as grants and loans which credit to the U-bill.  To receive pay for work study you will record the hours worked and submit time cards on the Oracle E-business site.  A link is available through MyUNIverse.  Your payment will be directly deposited to your personal bank or credit union account. 

Payments are on a bi-weekly schedule http://www.vpaf.uni.edu/obo/payroll/deadlines.shtml

Remember, payment for work study is not credited to your U-bill.  If you plan on using work study to help pay for tuition, you need to remember that you are paid work study as you work and earn the funds throughout the semester and year.  For students working the first week of classes the first pay day of the fall semester is mid-September. 

If I wasn’t awarded work study at first, can I be awarded it later? 

With the award of a Pell Grant, a student could request to be placed on the work study waiting list.  There is a slight possibility that more work study will be awarded later in the fall semester, near the end of October.  The rate of work study earnings is assessed.  If the rate of earnings needs to be higher, more work study will be awarded. 

Are there any off-campus work study programs? 

Two off-campus work study programs are Community Service Learning (CSL) and America Reads

Non-profit agencies can partner with UNI to participate in the Community Service Learning (CSL) program.  If you are working for an off-campus non-profit agency and are interested in finding out more about the partnership and if you qualify, please contact the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships. 

How can I keep track of my work study earnings?

You can monitor work study earnings on the Oracle e-business suite where you also complete and submit time cards.  The link is under “UNI Student Employee Self Service > Student Workstudy Monitoring Sheet”. 

I work at two on-campus jobs.  Can I earn work study at both of these positions?

No.  Students may only have ONE work study job at a time. However, students may have both a Work Study and a Departmental job as long as they do not exceed the maximum hours allowed in the UNI Student Employment Policy

What happens if I earn all of my fall work study before the end of the fall semester?  Can I start using my spring amount of work study? 

If you are enrolled at least half time for the spring semester, yes, you can start earning the spring amount.  Typically, awards are made in equal amounts for both fall and spring semesters. If a student earns over their awarded amount for fall, funds can be used from the spring award, provided the student will also be enrolled in spring courses. Once the total Work Study award is earned, the student must be paid by departmental funds or end employment.

When is the last day I can earn work study? 

The last day to earn work study is the last day of the semester, the Friday of final’s week.  Students enrolled at least half time both fall and spring semester, can earn work study during the winter break.  For students graduating in fall, the last day to work is the Friday of the fall’s final’s week. 

What happens to the money if I do not earn of the work study by the end of the semester?  Can it carry over to the next academic year? 

Work study can be earned only during the academic year for which it is awarded.  Work study awarded in one year cannot carry over to the next academic year.  Be sure to file your FAFSA early each spring to help determine if you qualify for work study for the upcoming year.  

The University of Northern Iowa's Work Study Employment Program is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

 

Work-Study Policies

Degree-Seeking and Enrollment at UNI Fall/Spring:

Students employed as Work Study employees must be admitted in an undergraduate or graduate degree program and enrolled for a minimum of 6 undergraduate hours or 5 graduate hours per
academic semester. Students may not work beyond the last day of the term if they are no longer enrolled as a degree-seeking student, regardless of the current time sheet cutoff.

Summer: Work-Study is not offered during the summer session.  Students may be able to work as departmental student employees during the summer.  Please visit http://www.uni.edu/careerservices/ for more details. 

Number of Work Study Jobs Allowed
Students may only have ONE Work Study job at a time. However, students may have both a Work Study and a Departmental job as long as they do not work over a total of 20 hours per week while school is in session (40 hours per week while school is not in session).

Earning Total Work Study Award
Work Study student employees may earn their entire Work Study award during fall and spring semesters. Typically, awards are made in equal amounts for both fall and spring semesters. If a student earns over their awarded amount for fall, funds can be used from the spring award, provided the student will also be enrolled in spring courses. Once the total Work Study award is earned, the student must be paid by departmental funds or end employment.

Work Study Employment Start and End Dates
Work Study employment can not begin prior to the first day of the fall semester and must end on the last day of the spring semester.