Work Study And Other Assistance

Effective January 16, 2014 timesheet forms will no longer be made available in the Financial Aid Office. Your timesheet will be provided to you by your supervisor who will submit it monthly on your behalf for payroll purposes. You must complete the timesheet form daily to ensure no delays occur with payroll.

Federal Work-Study Program

The Federal Work-Study Program provides part-time jobs to students who have financial need as determined by the federal formula. Jobs are available on campus in such areas as the library, laboratories, maintenance department, and faculty and administrative offices. Students are normally awarded the opportunity to earn up to $1,500 per semester.

Eligibility for New Applicants

  • Must be eligible as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the current aid year.
  • Must be making satisfactory academic progress.
  • Must have a cumulative grade-point average of 2.0 or better.

Work assignments are made by the Financial Aid Office. Work contracts are signed by both the student and supervisor. The student must complete and submit a W-4 and I-9 form (Employment Eligibility Verification). This, with the Social Security card and driver's license, must be brought to the Financial Aid Office. Time sheets and payroll information will be given to the student at that time. Student must not begin work until officially assigned and all paperwork is completed. Application Procedures:

Application Proceedures:

  1. Complete the FAFSA
  2. Complete the Federal Work Study Application. The Federal Work Study Application is now accessible by logging into myPellissippi and clicking on the "Financial Aid" tab. You will be notified via email within 3-5 business days regarding your eligibility
  3. Check the federal work study job board for open positions
  4. Schedule an interview for the position you are interested in
  5. The supervisor will contact the financial aid office if they are interested in offering you the position.

Hours & Pay

Federal work study students are prohibited from working during scheduled class times. If a student has not completed the FAFSA for the new academic year they are not authorized to work between June 11 and June 30 to allow year end closing of funds and to validate that all students that are scheduled to work for the upcoming fiscal year are eligible to receive federal funds.

Students are paid once a month (on the last business day of the month) in the form of a check mailed to the students mailing address on file at the institution. The standard pay for most campus positions is $7.25 per hour.

Students are exempt from Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA) taxes as long as the student is enrolled in a minimum of 6 hours (half time). FICA tax is a government tax to fund Social Security and Medicare. The employee’s share is 6.2% of gross pay for Social Security and 1.45% of gross pay for Medicare. However, all students are subject to federal and state income taxes.

Federal Work Study students are eligible to earn up to the amount awarded on their student account. Any portion of the award that remains unearned will be forfeited, as it cannot be transferred to a subsequent award period. Students can view the amount they have been paid-to-date by the following instructions:

America Reads Challenge Program

The goal of the America Reads Challenge Program is to ensure that every American child can read well and independently by the end of the third grade. Any Pellissippi State student who is eligible for Federal Work Study through the Financial Aid Office and has a 2.5 GPA or better may be eligible to participate in the America Reads Challenge. Pellissippi State places federal work study students into elementary schools to work as reading tutors. Responsibilities include working one-on-one or with small groups of children on reading and reading readiness activities. Tutors are required to participate in a training session before starting work. The training sessions cover basic reading skills such as phonics, whole language, games development, and reading readiness activities. Based on your financial aid eligibility, students may be able to work up to 20 hours a week.

Application Procedures:

  • Complete the FAFSA
  • Complete the Federal Work Study Application. The Federal Workstudy Application is now accessible by logging into myPellissippi and clicking on the "Financial Aid" tab.

Vocational Rehabilitation

Vocational Rehabilitation Assistance is a program that provides assistance for individuals with physical and/or mental impairments for the purpose of entering or returning them to employment. Please make sure you have completed the Free Application for Federal Aid (FAFSA) and listed our school code of 012693 in the list of schools to receive the information. For more information contact your local Vocational Rehabilitation Office.