What is Work Study and GSA?

On-campus employment is funded by two sources:

Work-Study -

  • Dependent upon eligibility determined through on-time filing of the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid.)
  • Students may apply for Work Study jobs only if  awarded Work Study on the Financial Aid award letter.

If you completed the FAFSA and do not know if you qualify, please contact Financial Aid, 989.774.3674 or Student Employment Services, 989.774.3881.

Work Study jobs are available to students who have applied for and been granted a financial aid package that includes a Federal Work Study award.  

Students must have filed a FAFSA to be eligible for Work Study.  Work Study positions are available in a variety of campus departments.  Students may earn up to their awarded amount.  Students cannot earn their Work Study award in off-campus (private industry) jobs.

Work Study does not mean students may study, as the word is commonly used, while working.  It is simply the name of the source of the money from which those students are being paid.

General Student Assistance (GSA)  -


  • Obtained by all students enrolled at least 1/2 time and all international students enrolled full-time.
     

All students, including both international students and students not qualifying for financial aid, can work in General Student Assistance (GSA) jobs.  GSA positions are paid by departmental budgets.  Students do not have a maximum amount of earnings.

GSA is not awarded on a Financial Aid award notice.  Students need not have filed a FAFSA (Free application for Federal Student Aid) to be paid GSA.
    

Please note:

It is possible to have both a Work Study position and a GSA position.  It is also possible, upon departmental approval, to have your position switched from Work Study to GSA after earning your awarded amount.
    
Some students can qualify for summer Work Study.  Students must complete a Summer Financial Aid Application available in the Student Service Court on March 1 of each year.  Students must also have filed a FAFSA for the current academic year as well as the next academic year.


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