Another source of funds that is available to college students with financial need is the work-study program. In order to be considered for work-study, you have to begin by filling out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). This is the form mentioned in an earlier blog that every potential college student should submit for consideration for financial aid. On the form, there is a box to check to indicate that you are interested in work-study.
Work-study is funded by the federal government, which dispenses money to colleges and universities throughout the United States. The colleges then use the money to hire students for part-time work in various capacities.
In addition to checking the box on the FAFSA, you must apply to the college you are attending in order to participate in the program. There are limited funds available, so jobs are meted out on a first come, first serve basis. Therefore, it pays to fill out the FAFSA and apply for employment as quickly as possible.
If you forgot to check the work-study box on the FAFSA, you may still be able to get into the program if there are openings. It can’t hurt to contact your school and let them know you are interested.