Work Study

Buster outsideCollege work-study is a need-based financial aid program funded by the federal government and Western Michigan University. It is awarded to students based on need who are enrolled at least half-time during the period of their employment. Unlike grants and scholarships, work-study awards are earned and paid through the payroll process in the form of a bi-weekly paycheck. Work-study awards and amounts are subject to eligibility requirements and fund availability. Early application is very important.


Fall work-study recipients must have earnings charged to their fall work-study awards by Tuesday, Oct. 16, or their awards will be canceled for the remainder of the 2018-19 financial aid year. If a student has been hired, but will not be paid through work-study until after this date, the student and the employer must notify the financial aid office by e-mailing on or before the Oct. 16 deadline. E-mails received after Oct. 16 will not be considered. Once an award has been canceled it may not be reinstated.