There are two types of student employment funding - federal work study (FWS) and campus employment (CE).
FWS is first and foremost a federal financial aid program. Community service jobs are ONLY available to FWS eligible students per U.S. Department of Education guidelines.
Manhattan College matches federal funds in the form of our CE portion. It is because of this federal funding that our student employment program is possible. Also, federal guidelines stipulate many rules and regulations. Students, department heads/supervisors, the Controller's office and the Financial Aid Administration office work together to ensure that the College is always in compliance.
In rare cases, a student may appear to meet all of the above requirements and present all required documentation, but will still be ineligible for an office to hire as a FWS and/or CE employee. The most common applications of this policy include:
First-time students demonstrating financial need: A FWS offer is included on their financial aid award letters. Separate notice and instructions will be sent to first-time students who are deemed ineligible for FWS but eligible for CE.
Continuing students with prior student employment participation: Will be offered a work study budget (FWS or CE) on their online financial aid award.
The dollar amount of FWS or CE shown on a student's award letter represents the total gross amount of money they can earn under the program for the period of your award (July 1 through June 30).
Students who are not eligible for FWS may be eligible for CE. An initial review for FWS eligibility is mandatory. Students who are CE-eligible must still complete all the mandatory paperwork and comply with the same guidelines and regulations for FWS. Contact us if you would like to be reviewed for student employment eligibility.
Most awards represent an initial allotment for a reasonable expectation of earnings. For some students, awards can be increased depending on (a) their individual calculation of financial need along with other aid used to cover educational expenses and (b) overall availability of college funding for student employment.
As a student approaches their earnings limit, they should consult their department supervisor and a financial aid counselor to see if their eligibility can be increased so the student can work more hours to meet their educational expenses.
A student may work up to 20 hours a week during periods when classes are in session and up to 35 hours a week during other periods. The number of hours you work each week will depend on your hourly pay and the amount of your award. Seek the assistance of your department supervisor for calculating estimates.
At any time of the year, Financial Aid Administration may be obligated to withdraw or alter a FWS offer if it is determined that the student is no longer eligible. If that happens, Financial Aid Administration will notify the student and supervisor that the student must stop working as a FWS employee. It is possible to award CE funding if there is availability but there is no guarantee that a student can continue working in the same department.
The most common reasons for loss of eligibility are: