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How does Work Study Work?

soccer_guy472soccer_guy472 Registered User Posts: 1,002 Senior Member
edited June 2008 in Cornell University
Work study was included as part of my financial aid award, so I was just wondering..

1. Do I have to pay up front and then be reimbursed later? I mean...since it's PART of my Financial Aid, will it be reduced at the beginning of the year from my cost...or do I slowly pay them my wages, or what? The reason I'm asking is I finally got the financial aid office to cover my full tuition, room, and board with grants, plus work study. If work study doesn't count up front, I'll have to pay them that $2,000 bucks, and we just don't have it.

2. Work study is on campus, right? Do they help you find jobs? How often do you work...and can you work extra to make more money?
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Replies to: How does Work Study Work?

  • dewdrop87dewdrop87 Registered User Posts: 3,397 Senior Member
    Ok...in my case my loan, grants and scholarship more than covered my expenses...and I had some money left over.

    You do not pay your work study money up front. Work study students are desirable employees because a portion of their wage will be subsidized by the government. Cornell will not place you in a job, it's up to you to find one. But, they do maintain a listing of jobs on their website. Your work schedule is up to you...this is something you negotiate with your employer. You may work up until you run out of money. So...for instance if your package included $2,000 work study the max you can earn is $2,000. You can apply to the FA office to have this amount increased.
  • soccer_guy472soccer_guy472 Registered User Posts: 1,002 Senior Member
    But the jobs are AT Cornell, right? Like...I'd work on campus?

    Thanks for the answers, dew.
  • laurstar07laurstar07 Registered User Posts: 1,053 Senior Member
    you would work, for instance, in the libraries, gyms, or dining halls. it would definitely be on campus
  • NesquikNesquik Registered User Posts: 103 Junior Member
    I have a question about work study

    If I earn less than the amount listed in my FA package, will the difference be added to the family contribution component?
  • laurstar07laurstar07 Registered User Posts: 1,053 Senior Member
    im not knowledgeable about how FA works, but from dewdrop's initial answer, i think you can assume that in each semester, you will earn what is outlined in the FA. of course, you probably have to calculate the amount of hours you have to work each week...
  • dewdrop87dewdrop87 Registered User Posts: 3,397 Senior Member
    If you don't earn the total amount or choose to not work at all nothing happens.

    The amount is listed is just what Cornell decided you were eligible for.
  • soccer_guy472soccer_guy472 Registered User Posts: 1,002 Senior Member
    ^ But it's part of the FA award.

    So like will it say on my bursar account (example - not actualy numbers):

    Tution: 35,000
    Room: 5,000
    Meals: 3,000
    Total: 43,000

    Cornell Grant: -41,000
    Total due: 2,000

    But on my FA, it was:

    Need: 43,000

    Cornell Grant: 41,000
    Work Study: 2,000
    Total: 43,000

    Get what I'm saying? The work study won't be applied immediatly since I haven't worked yet...so how do I pay that 2,000 in the beginning?
  • laurstar07laurstar07 Registered User Posts: 1,053 Senior Member
    you should probably call the FAO to get the exact answer you are looking for...im sure there is someone there now
  • dewdrop87dewdrop87 Registered User Posts: 3,397 Senior Member
    My response was to Nesquik's situation, not yours.

    You're either going to have to earn $2,000 this summer or apply for a need-based loan...if I'm doing my math right.

    The FA office will help you with this.
  • hermannshermanns Registered User Posts: 585 Member
    If someone were to get a work study of 2k but had saved up the cash over the summer to pay that could they avoid doing the work study and still get the rest of the grant money?
  • dewdrop87dewdrop87 Registered User Posts: 3,397 Senior Member
    Yes....you do not have to use your work study allotment. If your aid package is enough to cover your bill in full or you have enough money saved to cover the difference, then you do not have to have a job and you can keep your financial aid.

    However...even if your grant money/scholarship/loans covers the entire cost you may still work. You are paid biweekly and can use the money however you choose.
  • hermannshermanns Registered User Posts: 585 Member
    Yeah, I am working all summer/fall to save up as much as I can since I am taking only a very light load (1 class this summer and 1 next fall) to finish the recommended classes before trying to transfer to ILR spring 09. Not sure what I would do on campus as far as jobs at CU, I would probably not work while getting adjusted first semester, and then maybe stay over the summer to work, or get a job the following semester.

    I also have the florida prepaid college plan which will give me a little extra. Does cornell take your pell grant into account when putting your package together (is it included in the grant total?). That isn't that big of a deal to me though, as I am mainly just trying to stay from going in debt, and not trying to turn a profit.
  • CayugaRed2005CayugaRed2005 Registered User Posts: 4,041 Senior Member
    To clarify, you can also use your federal work-study loans off campus.
    FWS can be used for most Cornell University hourly student jobs, Off-campus for community service jobs in the local area, Off-campus with not-for-profit agencies nationwide (job must be pre-approved), and occasionally for explicitly career-related jobs in small profit agencies. These employers are usually reimbursed for 50% of your gross earnings.

    And to clarify, you don't need to pay your tuition in full (of however much you owe) at the beginning. Many students/families choose to make monthly, interest-free payments over the course of the year.

    Generally speaking, I advise students to always appeal their federal work study allowance to ask for me. Most students end up in jobs that allow them to study (working the libraries, etc.), so you end up getting paid to study.

    Not a bad deal if you ask me.

    Cornell University Student Employment
  • Cornelli2008Cornelli2008 Registered User Posts: 341 Member
    soccer_guy: keep in mind that the financial aid usually also factors in books, travel expenses, and misc expenses that would obviously not appear on your bursar bill, so you wouldn't have to pay them upfront. I would recommend charging books to your Cornell card (like a credit card on your cornell ID, but without interest) and then pay that off using the money you earn while working.

    I had work study every year, BUT since I often found cheaper apartments and bought a cheaper meal plan and bought my books online (or borrowed them from a friend), I never had to actually earn that amount of money through out the year. There are ways to avoid having to work during the school year. But I worked anyway because it was nice having spending money, and a lot of jobs you can study while you work. If you are going into science, a paying lab job is the way to go.
  • soccer_guy472soccer_guy472 Registered User Posts: 1,002 Senior Member
    ^ Actually, I'm leaving out my student contribution. Only counting the rest, it exactly covers my costs.
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