Student Employment

Federal Work Study Student Employment

  • Federal Work Study is designed to provide part-time employment to currently enrolled Maryville University students who need income to help meet the costs of post-secondary education.
  • The Financial Aid Office determines eligibility and allocates work study funds.  To be eligible, students must submit a FAFSA every year.  For more information, see Financial Aid Programs.
  • Students awarded work study funding must search for open work study positions in Handshake and submit a resume.  There are some options for off-campus community service sites as well.

Eligibility and Award

Many factors are reviewed to determine eligibility. The two most important are:

  1. File the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) .
  2. Demonstrate financial need (based on FAFSA). If eligible, Work Study will be included on a student’s Financial Aid Offer Letter in Self-Service. This amount may change if information changes. Maryville University calculates eligibility, then allocates work study hours and funds to students. Students are paid biweekly for the hours worked and reported each payroll period. The amount of earnings cannot exceed the total amount awarded per semester.

Benefits of Work Study

Aside from a wage, students find that work-study provides them with many other benefits. Some of these benefits are:

  • Transferable work skills and experience which will be essential in the post-graduation employment search
  • Several studies have shown that university students that work between 5 and 20 hours a week earn higher grades than their non-working peers as well as time management skills
  • Many students develop good networking relationships with staff members who can provide excellent letters of recommendation or references for future jobs and education.
  • Work Study earnings are not included in the calculations when financial aid eligibility is determined for the following year.

Community Service

Community service work study offers an alternative to traditional on-campus employment by finding jobs in the community where students have the opportunity to earn wages while helping a nonprofit organization. Community service involves assignments which are designed to improve the quality of life for community residents, particularly low income individuals. Some fields which qualify as community service include health care, elementary and secondary math and reading tutors, child care, literacy training, welfare, social services, public safety, crime prevention, recreation and community improvement. Having transportation is required to take advantage of one of these positions.

For more information on community service or a referral to a community service site, contact the Coordinator of Student Employment at 314.529.6702 or via email to