FY 2012 Work-Study appointments halted

Photo of a STOP signAn increased utilization of Federal Work-Study Grant funds has resulted in a freeze in new appointments through June 30, 2012,  for the duration of the appointment.

No replacement appointments will be authorized under the Work-Study Grant, according to Steve Cunningham, vice president for administration and human resources.

“During FY12, we have monitored an increase in the utilization of Work-Study funds which has significantly weighed upon the obligation of these funds,” Cunningham said. “In order to avoid a fund deficit, we must halt any new appointments, effective immediately.”

Work-study awards are earned as wages by working on- and off-campus with eligible employers.

The Student Employment Office maintains a listing of eligible work-study jobs. Students must apply for a work-study job and be hired in order to use the eligibility offered on their award notification. Work-study wages do NOT credit to a Bursar’s Office account; wages are earned for work performed, and students receive a bi-weekly paycheck.

“It is of the utmost importance that we continue to fund currently employed students,” said Brian Hemphill, vice president for student affairs and enrollment management. “We do not want this freeze to have an adverse effect on students or departments.”

Appointments continuing into the summer will be contingent on the student’s eligibility for summer Work-Study and the status of their current appointment.

Each year, the Student Financial Aid and Student Employment areas coordinate the allocation of institutional Federal Work-Study Grant funds that are available to subsidize the employment of eligible student employees. This funding is a fixed amount, and the obligations of these funds are tracked carefully throughout the fiscal year.

Any paperwork that has been received and not processed as of Friday, April 6, will be returned to the originating department.

The status of the Work-Study fund will continue to be closely monitored. Should the projected balance improve, these measures will be promptly amended with notification.

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