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Penn State Fayette offers Federal Work-Study positions for current students

By: Joshua Simon

LEMONT FURNACE, Pa. — Financially support your education while contributing to the Penn State Fayette community through the Federal Work-Study program. Open to both undergraduate and graduate students, the initiative allows eligible individuals to gain practical experience in roles that align with academic and career goals.

Federal Work-Study is a program in the United States that provides part-time jobs for undergraduate and graduate students with financial need, allowing them to earn money to help pay education expenses. The program encourages community service and labor related to the student's course of study.

Here's how it works:

  • Eligibility: Not all students are eligible for Federal Work-Study. It's typically reserved for students who display a certain level of financial need determined by the information provided on the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA).
  • Job placement: If a student is granted Federal Work-Study as part of their financial aid package, they will then find a suitable job. These jobs can be on-campus positions (possibly related to the field of study) or off-campus jobs, often serving the public interest.
  • Earnings: Unlike other forms of financial aid, Federal Work-Study earnings are not automatically applied towards tuition or other school costs. Instead, students receive a paycheck, just like a regular job. How much a student earns depends on the level of financial need, the school's federal work-study funding, and the school's policies.

Students who received a Federal Work Study award may obtain a job and perform related duties either on campus, or remotely, if possible and at the discretion of the employer. Students applying for Federal Work Study positions should clarify expectations with their potential employer regarding either on campus/in person or remote work arrangements. A Federal Work Study award does not guarantee a job opening is available, so qualifying students are encouraged to apply to these positions early.

Athletics and Recreation Attendant

Penn State Fayette's athletics department is seeking a student assistant to aid in new member orientation, fitness and recreation facility oversight, assist in campus intramural programming, support game day operations for indoor and outdoor athletic events, and more.

A successful candidate will demonstrate proficiency in oral and written communication skills, and a passion for the department’s mission, vision, and goals. A successful candidate must also demonstrate a genuine appreciation in working with diverse audiences as well as possess strong interpersonal and organizational skills. The nature of the position will require some evening and weekend hours.

Qualifying students may apply here.

Admissions Worker

Penn State Fayette's admissions department is seeking a student assistant to aid with various office duties including packet assembly, answering phone calls, and departmental projects as needed.

Candidates should demonstrate basic knowledge of Microsoft Office, and requires the successful completion of the Pennsylvania Publicly Available Clearances (PA Child Abuse History Clearance, PA State Police Criminal Record Check, and the FBI Criminal History Background Check).

Qualifying students may apply here.

Career Services and Advising Support Assisting

Penn State Fayette's student success center is seeking a student assistant to aid with events, filing, graphic design, data entry, packet assembly, and more. Candidates should demonstrate strong verbal and written communication skills.

Qualifying students may apply here.

Are you eligible? Read below!

  • Be a Pennsylvania resident. 
  • Be enrolled at least half-time (six or more credits) in an educational institution, in a program of study at least two academic years in length.
  • Be eligible for a PA State Grant, if an undergraduate student, or have unmet financial need after gift aid has been applied, if a graduate student. 
  • Be able to benefit from career-related work experience.
  • Not be in default or pending default on an education loan or owe a State Grant refund.

By participating in the Federal Work-Study program, you're not just a student; you're also a valuable contributor to the Penn State Fayette community. Apply now to maximize both your educational and career development. For more information on these positions or questions on the Federal Work Study program, visit fayette.psu.edu/tuition-and-financial-aid or call 724-430-4132.