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A Comprehensive Guide to Work-Study Programs

Posted by Sara Giboney Friday, Nov. 3, 2023

A Comprehensive Guide to Work-Study Programs

As you are finding ways to pay for college, you may want to consider a work-study program. 

The Federal Work-Study (FWS) program allows students to earn money for their college expenses and gain experience in their chosen field.

For students who already planned on working during college, a work-study program might be the right choice for you. Here is your work-study program guide:

Understanding Work-Study Programs at NMC

The Federal Work-Study program provides part-time jobs for undergraduate or graduate students with financial need, allowing them to work to earn money for educational expenses. 

The program was established by Congress as part of the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964, and was created to remove financial barriers to pursuing higher education.

At Nebraska Methodist College (NMC), students can get work-study jobs on campus or within the community. On-campus work-study jobs are available in many departments, including:

  • NMC Bookstore
  • Deja Brew
  • Enrollment Services
  • John Moritz Library
  • CREATE! Center
  • Nursing Arts Center
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Registrar’s Office
  • Student Engagement
  • Student Support Services
  • Upward Bound
  • Wellness Engagement Center

Work-Study Programs GuideEligibility Criteria for NMC Work-Study

Students qualify for work-study based on their financial need as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Work-study may be included in your financial aid offer, if you demonstrate financial need. 

Work-study eligibility requirements are:

  • Students must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
  • Students must complete the FAFSA.
  • Students must demonstrate a financial need.
  • Students must be enrolled at least half-time in a degree seeking program.
  • Students must be eligible for employment by Methodist Health System.

You can also contact your financial aid advisor to discover whether you are eligible.

Read more: Understanding Financial Aid for College Students

Work-Study Programs at NMCBenefits of Work-Study Programs

There are many benefits to participating in a work-study program, including:

  • Receiving bi-weekly paychecks deposited directly to your bank account.
  • Flexible work schedules that are accommodating to your class schedule.
  • Convenient locations on campus that reduce commuting time.

Read more: How to Pay for Grad School

How to Apply for Work-Study

Because work-study is offered based on financial need, the financial aid office will determine whether you qualify. They will take into consideration the cost of college attendance, your estimated family contribution and other financial aid you may be receiving. 

At NMC, you can view your account in the NMC Financial Aid Portal. If you’ve been offered Federal Work-Study, you’ll see it listed under “Financial Aid Offer.”

You can accept or decline the offer.

Read more: How to Apply for Federal Student Loans: A Step-by-Step Guide

Securing Your Ideal Work-Study Position

Once you’ve accepted the work-study offer as part of your financial aid package, you’ll receive instructions on how to apply for jobs.

At NMC, students are considered employees of Methodist Health System (MHS) because the College is part of the health system. MHS employees must pass a health screening, drug test and criminal background check. This process can take some time, so don’t wait until the last minute to apply.

Making the Most of Your Work-Study Experience

Balancing classes, studying, work and your personal life can be a challenge. But you can find success by planning ahead and staying flexible.

Time management work-study tips for students:

  • Use a digital or paper planner to keep track of your schedule.
  • Create a schedule that includes time for studying, social activities and relaxation.
  • Make to do lists on the Notes app on your phone.
  • Take some online classes to reduce the time you spend commuting.
  • Set clear expectations with friends and family to protect your study time.

In addition to earning money for college, you’ll build transferable skills during your work-study program.

You may want to keep a list of tasks, projects and skills you develop during your work-study experience, and add them to your resume.

Networking and relationship-building during work-study will also help you when you begin applying for jobs after graduation. 

Your supervisor may be willing to give you a recommendation for a job, so it’s important to be on time, complete your tasks in a timely manner and have a positive attitude.

Maximizing Work-Study Programs at NMC

A work-study program will help you pay for college, learn valuable skills related to your chosen career field and network.

Ready to dive into the transformative experience of NMC's Work-Study Programs? Start your journey now and unlock a world of opportunities in education and career growth.

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