The Federal Work-Study program is based on need, and provides Penn College students with the opportunity to work up to 12 hours per week to earn money to help pay for educational expenses.

Work hours are arranged around your class schedule. An approved minimum wage is paid every two weeks by direct deposit into your checking or savings account. Federal Work-Study is not deducted from your eBill because you get paid for the hours that you actually work.

To qualify for the Federal Work-Study program at Penn College:

  1. Submit – or review and revise, if needed – your Penn College Financial Aid Authorization (FAA) in the Financial Information section of SIS to indicate that you are interested in the Federal Work-Study program.
  2. Complete a FAFSA for the academic year.
  3. Complete a Work-Study application in the Financial Aid Office.

If you qualify, you will be notified via email and you must accept or reject the award by return email. (If you initially reject your work-study award, and then change your mind, you must wait until the following semester to be re-considered, as long as funding and position openings are available.) If you are new to the Federal Work-Study program, you will be required to attend an Orientation session at the beginning of the semester. You will also be provided with a listing of available job openings and the supervisors to contact. It is your responsibility to find a job which fits your academic schedule. If you need assistance, the Financial Aid Office can help.

You are responsible for adhering to the work schedule you and your supervisor have agreed upon. If you cannot come in to work, you are expected to call your supervisor to report your absence. Your supervisor will rely on you; if you are repeatedly late or absent, your supervisor has the authority to fire you.

The State Work-Study Program is an option for Pennsylvania students who are employed on the College's payroll and meet the eligibility requirements. Learn more about Pennsylvania's Work-Study Program.