The Student Employment Program at Missouri Western State University provides part-time employment to undergraduate and graduate students to help with college expenses.
Federal Work-Study (FWS) is a form of financial aid awarded to students who demonstrate financial need and meet federal eligibility requirements. You must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and submit all requested documentation (if applicable). As with other federal financial aid programs, you must complete a new FAFSA each year for continued consideration.
If you are eligible, your FWS award will be listed on your financial aid offer. Missouri Western cannot guarantee employment to all eligible students. You must apply for open positions on campus, go through an interview process and be hired by the department. There are many opportunities to work on campus in FWS positions. Students can apply for jobs here.
The Federal work-study program encourages employment in community service and in fields related to your major of study. Job positions can be either on-campus or off-campus. Off-campus positions will be at private nonprofit agencies or public agencies and will be in the public interest.
To check your eligibility, log into Goldlink, locate the Financial Aid card, select Visit Financial Aid Self Service, and then select Award Offer. Under the Work section you can see your Federal Work-Study Eligibility.
Missouri Western student employees are paid on a monthly basis. Your paycheck will be sent directly to you and will not automatically apply toward your bill. You will earn the current federal minimum wage for the hours you work. The amount of money you earn cannot exceed your total FWS award.
Although FWS wages are considered taxable, the money you earn from FWS will not be used to determine your financial need when filing your FAFSA for the following year.
When assigning work hours, your supervisor will consider your total FWS award and your class schedule. Student employees may work up to 20 hours per week and are not allowed to work during scheduled class time.
Enrolled and prospective students may search and apply for available positions here.
If you have questions regarding student employment or the application process, contact Human Resources.
If you do not qualify for Federal Work-Study, you may still be considered for employment opportunities. Make sure to search for jobs that don’t require Federal Work-Study eligibility. Your earnings are considered taxable income; and unlike FWS, the money you earn from a position that isn’t FWS will be used to determine your financial need when filing the FAFSA.