WHAT IS WORK STUDY?
This program, supported by the Federal Work Study Program, is a need-based financial aid program available during the fall and spring terms for full-time undergraduate students. Students are informed of work study eligibility and maximum earnings on their yearly financial aid award letters. Eligibility can be verified at the Office of Student Services. Students typically work 8-10 hours per week and are generally paid at the current federal minimum wage.
WHAT IS COMMUNITY WORK STUDY?
Community Work Study (CWS) is a unique opportunity for eligible students to get paid to work for a local non-profit organization, rather than a campus office, as part of their federal work study package. CWS allows students to gain marketable skills and real-world employment experience, while providing these organizations with the quality free labor they need to continue helping those in need in the community.
WHO CAN PARTICIPATE IN COMMUNITY WORK STUDY?
Non-profit agencies and students eligible for FEDERAL work-study.
WHICH LOCAL NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS PARTICIPATE IN CWS?
A few examples of currently participating organizations are: Ronald McDonald House Charities, Equinox, Food Pantries of Albany and the Albany Police Athletic League. For a more complete list and contact information please visit the Office of Career Planning.
Work Study Process
Finding a work-study position
HOW DO I SECURE A WORK STUDY POSITION?
Students are responsible for securing their own work study positions. Below are some suggestions for getting started:
1) Search for and apply to Work Study and CWS positions on SageLink
2) Speak to a Career Planning professional about established Work Study and CWS contacts
3) Make your own contact in the community and verify their eligibility with the Office of Career Planning
For any questions regarding work-study, contact the Career Planning Center.
Students must complete the following employment/payroll forms with their Work Study Supervisor:
- Sage Employment Authorization Form indicating approval from Financial Aid Office (each term)
- I-9 Employment Eligibility Form – Please have a photo ID and ORIGINAL Social Security card or birth certificate. A current US passport will also be accepted.
- W-4 Form – Please be aware of your tax situation as we cannot advise how to fill out your W-4 due to liability reasons.
Student receives copy of job description, salary information, maximum allowable earnings, supervisor's name/contact information and weekly work schedule in writing
Supervisor meets with student and provides necessary training
Supervisor and student keeps written record of all hours worked
Student and supervisor sign time sheet and submit time sheet to Sage Payroll Office, Troy Campus, by pre-specified due dates
Students are paid on a bi-weekly basis, every other Friday.
Student paychecks may be picked up at the Student Services Office (ID required) -or- students may utilize the Direct Deposit option.
For more information, please contact Sage Payroll Office.
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