Office of Student Financial Aid

Federal Work-Study Program - FAQ

Federal Work-Study Program purpose?

  1. To offer jobs to students who need to earn funds to help pay for their educational expenses;
  2. To provide work experience that will enhance the student's educational and/or occupational goals;
  3. To provide services on Xavier University Campus as well as at other participating nonprofit organizations located in the surrounding community.

Q: How do I apply for Federal Work-Study?

A: Complete the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) which can be obtained from the Financial Aid Office. Student eligibility to participate in Federal Work-Study is reviewed annually. Students are encouraged to apply early for eligibility.

Q: How is my Federal Work-Study award determined?

A: Student's eligibility incudes review of: availability of funds, with financial need, and the amount of other financial assistance available to the student. If there are any questions regarding financial aid eligibility students should contact the Financial Aid Office.

Q: What type of job would I be doing?

A: The jobs are at locations on-campus and off-campus that may complement the students' educational or career goals. You may be assigned to a work area related to your emphasis of study. All of the tasks performed by Work-Study students are essential to the efficiency and effectiveness of the operation of the University and the surrounding community.

On-campus jobs include working in educational labs, library, athletics departments, dormitories, and departmental and administration offices.

Off-campus jobs are handled through the Community Based Federal Work Study program. These include working in schools and other organizations that serve the needs of the community.

Q: If I have a Work-Study job can I have another on campus job?

A: No. Students may only be employed by one job by Xavier University of Louisiana. Students must notify the Departmental Supervisor and Work-Study Coordinator when considering a different employment position.

Q: How much an hour will I be paid?

A: Students who work in on-campus jobs are paid $10.00/hour. Students who work in Community Service positions are paid $15/hr.

Q: How often will I be paid?

A: Timesheets are processed twice a month and students are paid the week after their time is submitted. (For example, if a student submits time on the 1st the student will get paid 7 days later on the 8th. This process is repeated every 2 weeks).

Q: How many hours a week will I work?

A: Most Work-Study Students work an average minimum of 10 hours a week. The maximum number of hours that is allowed to a student is 20 per week. Working hours can vary from early morning to late evening and weekends depending on the hours of operation in each department and the student's availability.

Q: If my school work becomes too overwhelming, can I reduce the number of hours I work per week?

A: A student's main objective is to pursue an education. The student may also review his/her work schedule with the Supervisor to make preferred adjustments if applicable. However, the student may elect to decline any portion of his/her Work Study award at his/her discretion. When adjusting the Work-Study award, students must contact the Federal Work-Study Coordinator in the Financial Aid Office to complete the necessary paperwork.

Q: Can I study abroad and participate in the Work-Study Program?

A: Employment in a foreign country is not permissible under the Federal Work-Study Law.