Federal Work-Study (FWS) or Institutionally Funded Work Opportunity (WOA): Through work-study awards, students can earn money to help meet expenses that are not billed by the institution, such as books and other personal expenses. These programs are administered by the Financial Aid Office in conjunction with guidelines set forth by the federal government.
To be considered for Federal Work Study, you must complete the FAFSA and submit the appropriate years' tax returns (other forms may also be required).
Employment is readily available at Lehigh, so students have ample opportunity to earn their full awards. Research has shown that students who work an average of 10 hours a week while pursuing their degree tend to do better academically because they learn new skills and good time management. Work Study is a need-based program.
If your financial aid award includes work study eligibility, you are eligible to consider on-campus positions. It is important to note that your FWS or WOA award does not obligate you to work during the academic year. This award indicates eligibility for an on-campus position. It is your responsibility to identify, apply and receive an offer for on-campus employment so that you can earn your FWS award.
A Comprehensive Job Listing is provided to search for available work-study positions. All approved positions and their requirements may be found here. Many students also find jobs through their friends and word of mouth, so be sure to ask around!
After you find an appealing position, it is your responsibility to contact the supervisor for an interview. Approach the interview seriously, dress properly and be genuinely interested in the position. During the interview, be sure to ask about the office environment and work hours.
Determining Your Hours: Current wage levels range from $7.25-$10.00 per hour. Please reference the Work-Study Wage Grid to determine the number of hours you can work per week based on your alloted eligibility. You cannot earn more than your work study award for the year. If your earnings do reach or exceed your award limit, your position will be terminated. It is your responsibility to budget and monitor your hours and earnings.
Remember that your supervisor needs your academic schedule. Please be aware that although the scheduling of hours can be flexible, federal guidelines state that you are not permitted to work more than 20 hours per week while school is in session, even if you have more than one job. Most Lehigh work-study recipients work an average of 10 hours a week.
Getting Paid: Paychecks are distributed every two weeks for hours worked and are sent directly to the department in which you are employed. You may also choose to enroll in Direct Deposit, in which case the funds would be electronically deposited into a designated personal bank account. Wages are subject to taxation, including state, local and occupational privilege tax. Please visit the Payroll Office page for additional information and forms regarding payment. A Time Entry Quick Reference to assist in entering your hours and 2014-2015 BiWeekly Pay Schedule are also avalible for your information.
Once you have secured a work study position, you must complete and submit the following forms. These forms may either be obtained online or from your supervisor.
|W-4 Form||Payroll Office|
|I-9 Form||Payroll Office|
|Residency Certificate Form||Payroll Office|
|Direct Deposit Authorization Form (optional)||Payroll Office|
|Work Authorization Form|
Must be submitted prior to the begining of employment.
|Financial Aid Office|
|Worker's Compensation Notification Form||Risk Management Office|
I understand that by the virtue of my employment at Lehigh University, I may have access to records which contain individually identifiable information, the disclosure of which is prohibited by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974. I acknowledge that I fully understand that the intentional disclosure by me of this information to any unauthorized person could subject me to criminal and civil penalties imposed by law. I further acknowledge that such willful or unauthorized disclosure also violates Lehigh’s policy and could constitute just cause for disciplinary action including termination of
my employment regardless of whether criminal or civil penalties are imposed.