Federal and State Work-Study are government programs that provide funding to assist colleges in paying student employee wages.
MLC participates in the Federal Work-Study (FWS) and State Work-Study (SWS) programs. Wages from both programs are earned while attending school and paid directly to the student.
Is Work-Study different from other (on or off campus) jobs?
No, other than the federal or state government pay 75% of the student’s wages. To search for available on/off campus jobs, please visit our Employment Opportunities site.
How do I know if I qualify for Work-Study?
The MLC Financial Aid office will contact students that are work-study eligible after the student has attained a job at MLC.
In order to be eligible for the Federal or State Work-Study Programs, you must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). An additional eligibility for the State Work-Study program is that the student must meet Minnesota state residency requirements. Students must also have “need” as defined by the FAFSA. Your need is determined in the Financial Aid Office by reviewing the FAFSA results. In order to maintain eligibility, you must meet all satisfactory academic progress (SAP) requirements for federal student aid. Click here to review MLC’s SAP policy.
Will my eligibility for Work-Study change if I take out a Direct subsidized loan?
Since Work-Study could reduce your eligibility for a subsidized loan, MLC does not include any Work-Study awards on your award package. However, if you don’t need a subsidized loan, you can decline the loan and your eligibility for Work-Study will increase.
Please be aware that receiving a scholarship or grant from an outside source will reduce your “need” and may reduce or eliminate your eligibility for Work-Study and subsidized loans.
You will be paid on the 15th and the last day of the month. It will be up to you to use the proceeds of your check to pay your MLC statement.
Are Work-Study jobs only on campus?
Several non-profit institutions in New Ulm hire Work-Study students. The Brown County Historical Society, St. Paul’s Lutheran Grade School and the MLC Early Childhood Learning Center have several openings annually.
How do I find a job on or off campus?
Students will be provided the tools to find work if needed. The Human Resources and Financial Aid offices maintain the Job Opportunities web page with a wide variety of employment opportunities for MLC students.
What if I have more questions?
Contact the MLC Financial Aid office via email or phone: