Work Study Program

Work Study Program

bagsWant a little extra money in your pocket? The Work-Study Program at Mansfield University can help you do just that. Work-study is a type of financial aid that allows you to earn money to assist with education expenses, gain valuable work experience (possibly in your field or major) and work with faculty, staff and administration.

Who is Eligible for Work-Study Employment? 

Work-study is available to undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor's degree or professional degree.

There are two separate work-study programs: Federal, which is awarded to students who demonstrate financial need, and Institutional, which is available to all students regardless of need.

In order to qualify for work-study employment, you must meet the following criteria:

  • File a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  • Make satisfactory academic progress.
  • Be enrolled at Mansfield at least half-time as an undergraduate student.

help wantedOnce the FAFSA has been reviewed, if eligible for Federal work-study, you will receive a work-study eligibility award on your financial aid award letter and/or Shopping Sheet. If you did not indicate interest in work-study on the FAFSA, or if are not eligible for Federal work-study, you may still apply for a position on the work-study website by logging into your My Mansfield account and clicking on the work-study link. You can choose from the list of jobs available and apply online.

Student Work-Study Procedures

If you are interested in participating in this program, review the information below. It will give you valuable information about how to find employment and the hiring procedures.

studentStep 1. How do you find a work-study job?

Prior to or at the beginning of each semester, various departments on campus post wor-study job openings on the work-study website. You are responsible for obtaining your own position by applying online to any departments that have openings. We do not guarantee employment or place students in positions. Students should check the online work-study job listings for available positions for the current semester and check postings regularly to see if new jobs have been added.

Positions on-campus allow students to work up to a maximum of 20 hours per week at the Pennsylvania state minimum wage, which is currently $7.25. Due to limited funding, not all students who are eligible for work-study will be hired and generally, most positions are six hours per week.

Step 2. What is the hiring process?

  • Log on to and click on the Work-study link.

  • View the list of available work-study positions. Click on the green plus sign green plus sign to view details of a position. Click "Submit an Application." The positions you applied to will appear under your 'Applications/Status' section.

  • Click on the link to retrieve the application. You may complete the employment application online. You may also print a copy for your own records if you would like.

  • The application is automatically emailed to the work-study supervisor for the position. He/she will contact you for an interview if your qualifications and schedule match what the department is looking for.

*Departments have the discretion to hire students who they believe best meet the needs of the job.

Step 3. Completing My Clearances.

In order to begin working, you are required to complete three (3) clearances by the Human Resources department in 112 Alumni Hall.

  • Child Abuse
  • Criminal Background Check
  • Fingerprinting

Once two (2) of the three (3) clearances are completed and the results are received by the Human Resources department, you may sign a provisional statement which will allow you to begin working.

Step 4. How do you get paid?money

Work-study is not applied toward your charges for the academic year. Therefore, your tuition bill will not reflect any money you receive from your work-study job. You will receive a bi-weekly paycheck, which will be direct deposited into your bank account. You may use it to offset your educational expenses or deposit into your student account to offset your current balance.

If you are participating in the Work-Study Program for the first time, you must complete the following:

  • Complete all necessary payroll forms and bring to the Financial Aid Office, 231 South Hall.
    • Please bring your Social Security Card and Photo ID. Financial Aid will make a copy to attach to the I9 Form.
  • Complete three (3) clearances trhough the Human Resources Office, 112 Alumni Hall
    • Once two (2) of the three (3) clearances are completed and the results are received by the Human Resources Office, you may sign a provisional statement which will allow you to begin working.
  • Read Work-Study Do’s and Don’ts also found on the Work-Study web-site. It will be assumed that you read and agreed to these prior to your acceptance into the work-study program.

Once you have turned in the necessary paperwork, and successfully completed your clearances, you will receive an MU Student Employment (SE-1) Form electronically.

IMPORTANTYou may not begin working until all the steps above have been properly completed and you have obtained all required clearances i.e., child abuse, criminal background and fingerprinting. You will then receive an email indicating that you can begin working. Failure to do so may result in the termination of your employment.

If you have any questions regarding the Work-Study Program, contact Financial Aid at 570-662-4854 or 570-662-4129 or stop by 230 South Hall.

Mansfield University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. The Financial Aid Office reaffirms the University's commitment to the policy that there will be no discrimination against any individual in educational or employment opportunities because of age, race, color, religion, national origin, sex, or disability.