1. What is the hiring/referral process?
When hired by an employer, your Work-Study is activated and applied to that specific job through the referral process.
If you have a Work-Study award as part of your financial aid and there are no blocks on your registration, the employer
1. Logs-in to their area of the Work-Study web: http://workstudy.berkeley.edu
2. Selects "Jobs" and then "Job Listings"
3. Scrolls down, finds the job in question, and selects the 10-digit job number (far left)
4. Scrolls down and selects "Refer student to this job" enters your Student ID (SID) and follows the prompts
You'll then log-in to your area of Work-Study to accept or decline the job offer. Once that's done, confirmation emails are sent.
If this is an additional Work-Study job during a program year, once the employer has referred you (steps 1-4 again), you will log-in and determine how to split your Work-Study between the jobs. Remember to leave enough money in each job to cover 100% of your past and, if any, future earnings.
is good from the first of the referral month until either you are no longer enrolled (graduating in December, for example) or until the last day of the spring semester.
Very Important. While there is a grace period back to the first of each month, referrals cannot be back-dated beyond that and any time worked prior to the first is not Work-Study. The employer is responsible for 100% of the student's earnings, and the student's non-Work-Study earnings are treated as additional income on the FAFSA.
2. What is Work-Study?
Work-Study is a federally-subsidized hourly wage job program. For example, if a department pays you $10/hr. it costs their budget a net of $5/hr. There are three advantages for the Work-Study student:
1. The subsidy makes you a highly sought-after employee.
2. Work-Study earnings do not count against your aid eligibility when you fill out next year's FAFSA.
3. Work-Study gives you the opportunity to earn part of your college costs rather than increase your loans. The less debt you graduate with, the more choices you'll have in life.