Frequently Asked Questions – Work Study

  1. What is Work Study?
  2. Who is eligible to apply for work study?
  3. How and where do I apply?
  4. When would I find out if I qualify?
  5. What employment options do I have if I don't qualify for a work study position?
  6. Can a work study student have more than one work study position?
  7. Once approved for Work Study, am I guaranteed a job?
  8. How many hours can I work per week?
  9. What is the rate of pay?
  10. How do I get paid?
  11. Can I be terminated from a work study position?
  12. Can I terminate a work study position?
  13. What if I have a conflict with my supervisor?

What is Work Study?

The aim of the Work Study program is to help financially needy students meet their education costs by working part-time on campus during the academic year.

Who is eligible to apply for work study?

Students must have a demonstrated financial need. Eligible undergraduate students must maintain a minimum semester credit weight of 1.50 credits (60% of a full-time course load) and graduate students must be registered in full-time studies throughout their work study period.

How and where do I apply?

Students must apply to Student Financial Services by completing the applicable Financial Need Assessment Form.

When would I find out if I qualify?

You would be notified by email within 5-10 days after we have received the application.

What employment options do I have if I don't qualify for work study program?

There are many other work opportunities that exist for students who wish to work both on and off campus. For access to these work opportunities and for help with your own career planning and job search, please contact Co-operative Education & Career Services.

Can a work study student have more than one work study position at the same time?

No.

Once approved for Work Study, am I guaranteed a job?

No, there are no guarantees. You must apply for positions posted on the Student Financial Services web site. Your employment is subject to the employer finding your skills, experience and knowledge acceptable for the position. Click here to search.

How many hours can I work per week?

It is recommended that you work no more than 10 to 15 hours per week, but students and employers work out the schedule. Jobs are designed to be flexible in nature to accommodate students academic schedule. If working hours above the recommended number is having a negative impact on a students academic success, the student could become ineligible to continue working under the work-study program.

What is the rate of pay?

The rate of pay may vary depending on the department and the job complexity.

How do I get paid?

You will be paid by the department that has hired you biweekly. The Work Study office does not pay work study students. You will be asked to submit hours to the department's payroll clerk. Any discrepancies or concerns will need to be worked out with the hiring department.

Can I be terminated from a work study position?

Yes. Work study positions are treated under the Employment Standards Act, like any other part-time position.

Can I terminate a work study position?

This appointment is subject to satisfactory performance and work being available and may be terminated by either party with no less than 2 weeks notice or the applicable notice period provided by the Employment Standards Act.

What if I have a conflict with my supervisor?

Like most jobs, issues should be worked out between you and your supervisor. Student Financial Services does not intervene in job disputes.

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