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Many University of Central Missouri students desire to work part-time in order to help meet their living expenses. Others work because they believe the experience will be a valuable part of their overall education. The knowledge and skills learned from working often compliment a student's academic performance and communicate to future employers an ability to succeed in a professional setting. In addition, research has shown that students who work part-time do just as well (and often better) academically than non-working students. Also, working students are more likely to complete their degree programs than non-workers.
Federal Work-Study Employment
A Federal Work-Study award is not a grant or loan, but is actually an employment earnings allotment, and represents an opportunity for you to work part-time. Jobs are available at a wide range of on-campus and off-campus (Community Service) locations. Students at the freshman and sophomore level are normally limited to $1100 in total earnings per semester. Junior, senior and graduate students, however, can typically earn up to $1300 per semester.
Work-Study earnings are used by students to pay miscellaneous and living expenses throughout the semester. Therefore, a student’s Work-Study allotment is not assistance that is credited to his/her UCM account at the beginning of a term toward payment of his/her tuition, fees, residence hall, or meal plan expenses.
Federal Work-Study awards are initially offered to otherwise eligible students who submit the FAFSA before UCM's April 1st FAFSA application priority date each year, have higher levels of financial need (as determined by the information entered on the FAFSA), and who intend to enroll full-time (12+ undergraduate or 9+ graduate credit hours per semester). However, students normally are permitted to work up to 20 hours per week. This is because working more than 20 hours weekly can have an adverse impact on a student’s academic success. The typical rate of pay for a Federal Work-Study employee is at least the federal minimum wage (currently $7.25 per hour) and students are paid twice a month for the actual number of hours they work. For more information about the Federal Work-Study program, click here.
Students who may not qualify for a Federal Work-Study earnings allotment, but still wish to work part-time while attending UCM, are encouraged to explore University-Funded part-time employment opportunities. The typical rate of pay for a University-Funded employee is at least the federal minimum wage (currently $7.25 per hour) and students are paid twice a month for the actual number of hours they work. University-funded employment earnings are not included in determining the total types of federal and state assistance for which a student otherwise qualifies. Students normally are permitted to work up to 20 hours per week. This is because working more than 20 hours weekly can have an adverse impact on a student’s academic success. Click here for additional details.
Finding a Job
Available Federal Work-Study and University-Funded jobs may be found with the help of the UCM Office of Career Services. In addition, to assist students in securing employment, a Part-Time Student Job Fair is held in the Elliott University Union each August.
All student employment earnings are considered taxable income, and are subject to federal and state income taxes. However, student employees enrolled full-time are exempt from having Social Security and Medicare taxes withheld from any funds earned during their periods of enrollment.