Want 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.
Once 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.
Step 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 my.mansfield.edu and click on the Work-study link.
View the list of available work-study positions. Click on the 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.
Before your first day of work:
Complete the following:
1) Student Payroll forms listed below. Please hand in the forms along with your Social Security Card and Photo ID to the Financial Aid Office in South Hall
2) Required Background Clearances. Please carefully follow the direction received from the Compliance Office
Completion of the background clearance process is REQUIRED prior to beginning employment on campus. It may take several weeks for the background clearance process. Please begin the process as soon as possible.
Student Work Study Payroll Forms
All forms must be completed before your employment will take effect.
Note: Direct deposit of student pay is required as a condition of employment. Your money will be deposited in your bank account(s) on the appropriate payday.
3) 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 and MU Student Employment (SE-1) Form electronically.
IMPORTANT: You 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.
Important Tax Information
If you expect to earn less than $12,000 during the 2019 calendar year, you can apply for an exemption from this Local Services Tax (LST). This tax will take effect on your first paycheck of 2019. The LST Exemption Certificate can be completed anytime throughout the year. However, any taxes already deducted will not be refunded by the university. Contact your Student Payroll Office for further information.
For additional information, please visit the Pennsylvania Local Service Tax site.
Step 4. How do you get paid?
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.
For your information
- Questions regarding Student Work-Study should be directed to Lindy Hampsher at (570) 662-4854 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.