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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I apply Work-Study?

You must complete the FAFSA in the Financial Aid Office and mark “yes” to the question on the FAFSA that asks you if you are interested in Student Employment.

What is the difference between Work-Study jobs and Regular Campus jobs?

The jobs and pay are the same, only the source of funding is different.

Work study jobs require approval from the work study office and are only for those with financial need. A student must go through student worker training before being issued a WORK-PERMIT from financial aid to obtain a work study position. Once a work permit is issued, students apply for work study positions through HireaLion, powered by Handshake at

Click here to e-mail Financial Aid for more information.

Can any on-campus department hire a work study student? How many can we hire?

Any department on campus can hire work study students. There is no limit to how many students you can hire as long as the students have meaningful work to complete.

I don't have the budget to pay student workers, but have plenty of projects to complete. What should I do?

Hire a Work Study student! Did you know that when you hire a work study student that they are paid through a federal financial aid program and NOT from your budget?

Hire a Work Study Lion today by calling Career Development at 903.468.3212.

How many hours can I work?

A usual work schedule for student workers should not exceed 19 hours per week. Additionally Work-Study student workers cannot earn more than your Work-Study Award. The work schedules are arranged between the student and his/ her supervisor.

Do you assign me a job for work study?

No. All work study positions are posted on HireaLion, powered by Handshake, at Click on students to  login to your automatically created account using your email address!

Once you are logged in, upload your resume for approval, and begin applying to positions. Questions? Contact Career Development at 903.468.3223.

How much will I get paid?

The federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour.
Wages above the minimum may be paid if technical skills are required.

When will I get paid?

Paychecks are issued bi-weekly. Paychecks are based upon time reports submitted by each department at the end of each two-week pay period.

Can I work during the Holiday break?

Regular Campus Student Workers can work during the break.
Work-Study Student Worker can only work through the last day of the semester.

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