Federal Work Study

Federal Work Study is the opportunity for students to earn money while working on-campus. It is not guaranteed money nor a guarantee that a student will have a job on campus. Students must work on-campus in order to obtain the money in their Federal Work Study award.

If a student is looking for a job on campus they can go to the Center for Career Services and Cooperative Education and look via their Web site or in person (Stone Hall, Second Floor) to see what employment opportunities are available. Please note that work study is only for students working on campus.

If a student has not submitted a timesheet and/or has not obtained employment by October for fall enrollees or by March for spring enrollees their work study award will be canceled. Please note that if an award is canceled it will be given to another student and you may not be able to get it back again during that semester or academic year.

Compensation Scale

Compensation for working on campus is determined by each department a student is working for. The Office of Student Financial Aid only determines that total amount a student can earn per semester;  the department determines how much a student earns per hour. Here is a chart of acceptable compensation amounts. Departments should note that once a student has earned their allotted work study amount for the semester and/or academic year, the student is no longer eligible to receive work study and either the student must be paid from the department's budget (therefore becoming a Student Assistant) or they can no longer work until the following semester or academic year.

ClassSkill Level 1Skill Level 2Skill Level 3Skill Level 4
FR
$8.25
$8.25
$8.25
$8.25
SO
$8.25
$8.25
$8.25
$8.25
JR
$8.25
$8.25
$8.25
$8.50
SR
$8.25
$8.25
$8.50
$8.75

Requirements for Federal Work-Study (FWS) Program

All returning students supply:

  • Request for Employment (goldenrod)

For students employed for the first time at MSU, supply:

  • Request for Employment (goldenrod)
  • Employment Eligibility Verification Form (I-9) (ivory) Attach:
      A. 2 copies of Social Security Card
      B. 1 copy of valid driver's license or other documentation (see I-9)
  • W-4 cards: federal (white) and state (gold)

These forms can be obtained from and returned to the Office of Student Financial Aid (CO-208).

Keep copies of all documents that you submit.

Requirements for Student Assistant (SA) Program

Same as above, except:

    i. SA Request for employment is green
    ii. Attach green "Position Action Approval Form" completed and with all signatures
    iii. Send all documentation to Payroll (CO-316)

Please contact the Payroll Office regariding obtaining these forms.

Keep copies of all documents that you submit.