Information for Students

Federal Work Study Calculator 


The Work Study Calculator allows students to calculate the number of hours they can work per week in order to utilize all of their work study funds. An example is given below: 

Award Amount $2,500 (standard award amount) 
(Divided by) Number of weeks planning to work throughout the academic year  e.g.: 29 weeks (33 weeks in the academic year; including breaks) 
(Divided by) Rate of Pay e.g.: $7.85 (current minimum wage)
Allowable hours/week =  10 hours I can work each week 

The work study calculator is only an estimate of allowable hours to work. Any changes made throughout the year to your award total, hourly rate, overtime rate, or other changes will affect your overall allowable hours to work. 

After determining the number of allowable hours per week, a work schedule can be established between the supervisor and the student. The department and the student share the responsibility in monitoring the work study earnings. Once earnings are depleted to 25% and below, we will notify the supervisor and the student. When the student has reached their award limit, they will be terminated from the work study position. The department can choose to hire the student through their departmental funds., if available. 

If you have any further questions or concerns, please contact the Student Employment Office. 

Information about Work Study

What is work study?
Work study is a form of financial aid, just like a Pell Grant, it is designed to help the student work and earn money while attending college. A work study award does not automatically go toward tuition, it is paid directly to the student in the form of a paycheck, just like any other job. The student determines how to use the money. A work study student can work on, or in some cases off, campus.  Several on campus jobs allow the student to work before, between, and after class to achieve the desired weekly hours.

Is there a limit to how many hours you can work as a work study student?
The students hours are limited by the amount of the work study award and cannot exceed 1,000 hours in any given 12 month pay period. Missouri State would like to remind students that academics should be the priority and any hours worked should not interfere with the student's studies.

How do I know if I am eligible for work study? My award letter did not say anything about it.
Even if the award letter from Financial Aid does not specifically mention work study, a student can still be eligible. The following may help determine if you are eligible:

  • A FAFSA must have been filed for the current academic year, so we can look at your current financial need. There must be remaining need that has been unmet.
  • The student must be enrolled for at least six (6) credit hours per semester in the fall and spring, and a minimum of three (3) credit hours in the summer.
  • The student must maintain a minimum of a 2.0 GPA
  • Work study funds must be available, if they are unavailable at the time, you can sign up for our yearly waiting list. (See below)
  • Graduate students and International students are not eligible for work study.

If I accept work study, won't it affect the amount of financial aid I am eligible for next year?
No. The student must claim the income received from the work study position just like any other job when filing income taxes. However, on the FAFSA application, the work study income is deducted from other income because it is a need-based work program.

What is the waitlist?
We allow students who are eligible, but who may not have received work study funds due to limited resources, to sign up for a first-come, first-served list for work study funds as they become available. To sign up for the list, sign into your MyMissouriState, under the Student tab, in the Financial Aid section, click "Work Study Waitlist". This will be available at 7:00 a.m. on July 1st.