Federal Work-Study

Federal Work-Study (FWS) is a limited funded Federal program with awarding priority given to students who show financial need through the FAFSA and have filed their FAFSA as soon as possible on or after January 1 (prior to the fall semester the student will be attending Mines) until funds are exhausted for the award year. This program provides both on and off campus jobs for students. You normally will work between 10 to 12 hours per week, starting at the current Federal or South Dakota minimum wage, whichever is higher, with the option of the department/employer you will be working for to increase your hourly rate based on experience or special training that you have. This results in an annual maximum award of $2000 (however, depending on the situation, the award can be more). Off-campus employment emphasizes community service work and family literacy programs. Your class schedule must always be taken into consideration when agreeing to a work schedule with the department/employer.

Student in Work-Study ProgramBecause work-study is considered spending money for the student, and the student must make the effort to work their award, the School of Mines does not expect workers to use their earnings to pay towards their bill with the Student Accounts Office. Students who want to use their earnings to pay on their account must make those arrangements with the Student Accounts Office prior to or during fee payment each semester by signing up for the monthly payment plan.

Learn more about the types of Federal Work-Study jobs available.

To finalize your Work-Study award, you will need to complete the following steps:

  • STEP 1:  All Work-Study students must attend one of the informational sessions offered through the Financial Aid Office. Depending upon which semester you begin a Work-Study assignment, you must attend an information session to go over in more detail your FWS responsibilities and available on and off-campus positions. The dates, time and locations are as follows:
     Fall 2014 -- Two meeting times are available; you may attend either session.
     Monday, August 25 at 3:00 PM in the Classroom Building, Room 206 East & West
     Tuesday, August 26 at 3:00 PM in the Classroom Building, Room 206 East & West
    Spring 2015
    -- The Spring FWS meeting is only for students starting their FWS award in the spring semester.  The meeting time and location is yet to be determined.  You will be contacted, via your SDSM&T e-mail, by Monica Darrow of the meeting time and location and if you need to attend this meeting.  Otherwise, if you are already set up with an FWS position from the fall 2014 semester and plan on continuing with your same employer, you do not have to attend this meeting.
  •  STEP 2:  You must bring to the meeting an original photo ID (driver's license or SDSM&T ID card) OR U.S. Passport AND an original of one of the following: your Social Security Card or Birth Certificate. Please note: original documents are required; copies will not be accepted.
  •  STEP 3:  You will be required to complete paperwork relative to your Work-Study position that must be completed BEFORE you are allowed to begin working.
  • STEP 4:  You will be provided information on positions that are available both on and off-campus.

  •   STEP 5:  A Federal Work-Study job fair for fall 2014 will be held on Thursday, August 28 if you have not obtained a FWS job position prior to that date. The FWS job fair will take place on Thursday, August 28 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM in the Christensen Hall of Fame Room (King Center). 

If your award notification did not list a Federal Work-Study award, you are encouraged to contact our office to see if you would be eligible to be placed on a waiting list.

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