Dakota Wesleyan’s work-study program is available to students who
are granted a work-study award on their financial aid letter. To determine
if you are eligible for the work-study program, contact the financial
The work-study program at Dakota Wesleyan is designed to provide convenient
employment opportunities to our students with demonstrated financial need.
Rather than a “dead-end job,” DWU work-study positions serve
as training experiences allowing students the opportunity to build upon
their internal resources and learn valuable career skills they can utilize
after college. This training also establishes meaningful relationships
between student-workers and their supervisors, helping each student develop
as both an individual and employee and making their time at Dakota Wesleyan
Students who work a moderate number of hours per week on campus are proven
to perform better academically. In addition, this financial aid award
is not a loan you must pay back; you earn it, and use it as you see fit.
The work-study program also offers a convenient employment opportunity:
it allows you to work on campus, often between classes and with your fellow
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I know if I am eligible for work study?
If you are eligible for the work-study program, it will be on your financial
aid award letter. If you are uncertain about your eligibility, please
contact the financial aid office.
Please note: this eligibility does not guarantee a work-study position
on campus. To earn this award you will need to secure a work-study position
and work an average of six
hours per week. Some students will find they are unable to participate
in the work program due to their academic and/or athletic schedules, other
part-time employment, or other various commitments.
I am not eligible for the work-study program,
but wish to participate. What do I do?
Make an appointment with the financial aid office to discuss restructuring
your financial aid package. There are no guarantees, but in some cases,
work study eligibility can be negotiated.
I am eligible for the work-study program, but
do not wish to participate. What do I do?
If you are eligible for the work-study program but do not wish to participate,
simply fill out the work study
decline form and submit to the
financial aid office.
I am eligible for the Work-Study program and
wish to participate; how do I find a job?
All job openings are on file at the financial aid office, and
will be available during finalization and until Sept. 1 of the fall semester.
Students choose a job they think sounds interesting and might fit their
schedules. Then, they contact the designated supervisor and meet for a
discussion on scheduling, expectations and duties.
I have found a job; now how do I get started?
The financial aid office will provide you with a
contract for you and your supervisor to sign. Copies of this contract
will be distributed as follows: one copy will remain with your supervisor,
one copy is for your own records, and the original will remain in your
employee file in the financial aid office.
Along with the signed contract, you must also submit a completed Confidentiality
Agreement, W-4 Income Tax Withholding
Form and an I-9 Immigration
Form. You may not begin working until
all four documents are on file. The I-9 form is used to
verify your identity; because of this, you will need up to two forms of
identification to complete the form. Please see a list of acceptable identification
on the I-9 form and bring the original document(s) with you when you submit
When you have turned in all four forms (contract, confidentiality agreement,
W-4, I-9), you will be given a time sheet. Once you have your time sheet,
you may begin working according to the schedule you and your supervisor
have agreed on.
How much will I earn and how do I get paid?
Workers are paid $7.50 per
hour starting wage. Your total earnings are limited to the amount listed
on your financial aid award Letter. During the month you keep track of
hours worked on a time sheet; at the end of each month, your supervisor
will review the time sheet. Upon approval, you will both sign the sheet
and submit it to the business office. On the 15th of the following month,
a check is distributed to the student’s campus mail box. Late time
sheets will be paid a month later. Please note: Your award amount is the
maximum you may earn. The total amount you actually earn is determined
by how many hours you work. To earn your maximum award, you will need
to work an average of six
hours per week.
Financial Aid Office