Admissions & Aid

Work-Study & Other Employment

Federal Work-Study provides part-time jobs for students with financial need, allowing them to earn money to help pay education expenses. The program encourages community service work and work related to the student’s course of study.

Employment Opportunities

On-Campus - Check for on-campus student job opportunities under the “Job Postings” link.

Off-Campus - Check  PlaidLink, where Center for Student Opportunity (CSO) staff members post new positions from a variety of sources almost every day. You can log in with your Alma College username and password up to a year after graduation.  Learn More >>

Overview of Federal Work-Study: 

  • It provides part-time employment while you are enrolled in school.
  • It’s available to undergraduate, graduate, and professional students with financial need.
  • It’s available to full-time or part-time students.
  • It’s administered by schools participating in the Federal Work-Study Program. Check the employment opportunities on-campus to find a job at Alma College that is right for you.

How Much Can You Earn? 

You’ll earn at least the current federal minimum wage. However, you may earn more depending on the type of work you do and the skills required for the position.

Your total work-study award depends on:

  • when you apply,
  • your level of financial need, and
  • Alma College’s federal funding level.

How Will You Be Paid?

How you’re paid depends partly on whether you’re an undergraduate or graduate student.

  • you are paid by the hour.
  • you will be paid at least once a month.
  • you will be paid directly

How Many Hours Can You Work?

The amount you earn can’t exceed your total Federal Work-Study award. When assigning work hours, your employer or your school’s financial aid office will consider your class schedule and your academic progress.