Work-study is a form of financial aid that provides part-time employment to undergraduate and graduate students while enrolled in school. You must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) every year to determine your eligibility for work-study.
Work-study is awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis, and is subject to the priority deadline specified by the Financial Aid Office.
There are three categories of Work-study:
- Crimson Scholar
Federal and state Work-study require that students maintain a minimum enrollment of six credits for undergraduates, or five credits for graduates, each semester (the same enrollment rules apply to summer session). Work-study students must maintain satisfactory academic progress as defined by the Financial Aid Office or they will become ineligible to receive the funds. State work-study recipients must be New Mexico residents.
Students awarded Crimson Scholar work-study must maintain Crimson Scholar status with a minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA and be enrolled in at least 7 credit hours for a regular semester, and 6 credit hours for a summer session.
In addition, New Mexico State University contracts with off-campus agencies to employ work-study students. Employment at off-campus agencies must be non-religious and non-political. New Mexico State University contracts only with non-profit agencies.
Work-Study Basic Guidelines
Students that accept Work-study funds must abide to the following conditions:
- A work-study award does not guarantee employment.
- You must obtain employment within 30 days of the start of the semester; otherwise the award will be cancelled.
- Students are not allowed to start working until the hiring process has been completed.
- Must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 (undergraduate) or 3.0 (graduate).
- Students can only work a maximum of 20 hours per week.
- You must notify the Financial Aid Office of any additional scholarships or other awards received from outside sources. If the student's work-study award is modified, it is the students' responsibility to notify their supervisor of such change.
- Students may only have one type of work-study award each academic year.
- You must maintain accurate records of hours worked and submit a paper and electronic time sheet every 2 weeks.
- Students and employers must monitor student's earnings so they do not exceed a work-study award. The work-study amount listed on the student's Financial Aid award is the maximum amount of work-study funds the student may earn for the specified Academic Year.
- Salaries start at minimum wage and range upward. Most students work 10 to 20 hours a week, however, employers usually prefer students to work three, or more, consecutive hours depending on their class schedules
For more information on the Work-study program, qualifying criteria, application procedures and the rights and responsibilities of students and employers, please read our Work-Study Handbook.
NMSU Human Resource Services will require background reviews on new employees effective July 1, 2008. The following types of employees will be subject to a background review: (1) all new regular faculty, exempt, non-exempt and post-doctoral appointments; and (2) new student/temporary employees, including graduate assistants and teaching assistants, hired into security sensitive positions. Anyone who falls under these categories shall have their criminal and other background information verified prior to final confirmation of employment into the new position. To review the entire announcement regarding the background review implementation, visit NMSU Human Resource Services.
Work-study job announcements will be posted on AggieCareer Manager. Both students and employers will be required to create an account with Career Services.