Student Employment

There are two types of student employment:

Federal Work-Study (FWS) Employment is a federally funded financial aid program. The federal government pays a portion of the student's wages while the employing department pays the difference. Students must apply for FWS by completing the FAFSA (http://www.fafsa.gov/) by the priority deadline (February 1st), request student employment, and demonstrate financial need. In order to be employed under the FWS Program, the student must have received a Federal Work-Study award as part of their financial aid award. The dollar amount of the student's eligibility is the dollar amount of the FWS award. Students must be enrolled for a minimum of 6 credit hours.  FWS student employees may work a maximum of 20 hours per week.  Extended maximum hours may occur during holidays and breaks.  Superisors will be notified if the maximum hours are extended.

Wage Employment is employment where the Ohio State ATI employing department pays 100% of the student's wages. Any student enrolled for 6 or more credit hours is eligible.  Wage employees may work a maximum of 28 hours per week.  Extended maximum hours may occur during holidays and breaks.  Supervisors will be notified if the maximum hours are extended.

FAQ:

How do I know if I have Federal Work Study?

FWS Awards are visible in Buckeye Link under your Aid Summary.  If you have questions, contact Katie LeMasters for assistance.  

How much can I earn?

The hourly rate is determined by the job requirements and your experience.  Pay rate will be at least the federal minimum wage. If you have a Federal Work-Study (FWS) award your total earnings in the FWS Program are limited to the dollar amount of your FWS award.

How do I find a job on campus?

Students who DO NOT have a FWS award can view and apply for jobs here: Workday Job Board. Log in and select location "Wooster" on the left hand side of the screen.   

Students who DO have a FWS award, can click here: FWS Job Board.  Click "Workday Job Board". 

Applying for a FWS job

  1. Accept your work-study offer. Only students who have accepted their Federal Work-Study offer from their Aid Summary will be eligible to be hired into work-study positions.  You must wait 24 hours after accepting your award in Buckeye Link to access the FWS job board.

  2. Update your career profile in Workday. Students are considered Internal Applicants in the Workday system.  This means you already have an account, but you’ll want to update your profile first. To get started, log into Workday using your Ohio State username and password, then update your profile

  3. In the Applications section, click the Career Application. This will allow you to view the Workday job board.

  4. In the View section, click Search Student Federal Work Study Jobs

    • Using the options on the left, choose your campus.

    • Using the keyword search, enter "work study" or "FWS" to display jobs intended for work-study students.  You can also include additional keywords to locate remote/work from home options, or the Requisition Number to locate a specific job.

  5. Follow the Application Instructions on the post to apply for that job.

How will I be paid?

You will be paid by the hour. Time sheets must be submitted no later than 10:00 a.m. each Monday following the end of a pay period. Pay day is every two weeks and checks will be mailed to your home address, or you may sign up to have your check directly deposited into your bank account. Note: Student employment Federal Work-Study and/or Wages does not assist the student with payment of their University Bill.

Will taxes be withheld from my pay?

Yes!  Student pay is subject to Municipal, State, and Federal Taxes. All tax forms, I-9, and related payroll paperwork must be completed before the student begins working. Students must present a a valid US Passport or a picture ID and either a Social Security Card or Birth Certificate when completing the I-9.