By DANIELLE MILLER
The cost of higher education is steadily increasing. Most students are familiar with student loans, scholarships and Pell grants, but tuition assistance does not end there. For those who still fall short when paying their Bursar accounts, work study may provide a good source of additional funds.
Work study is a federally subsidized program that provides funds to universities to hire students for part-time jobs on and off campus. To be eligible for work study jobs students must first qualify to ensure jobs go to those that are in need of extra funding.
Sidney Shafer, a speech communications student, participated in work study in the Gateway Information Center as a peer mentor.
“In this job, I served as a resource of information in regards to enrollment and student services. I had a great experience,” he said in an email.
He thinks that the program is good for both students and the university.
“I would recommend work study. It actually helps students applying for jobs on campus because with work study, less money is taken out of that department’s budget in order to make up the student’s paycheck.”
Work study jobs usually have flexible hours to allow students to work around their classes. Pay could be up to $10+ an hour, according to job postings listed on the IUSB webpage. With positions like marketing and research assistants, it’s a great way to beef up your resume before graduation.
To apply for work study students must fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA.) To find current job openings visit the financial aid section of IUSB’s website. Students may also visit the Career Services office in the administration building, room 116, to explore other work study opportunities.