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Work-Study Program Description
The work-study program at Finlandia University is administered and coordinated by the Office of Financial Aid. The University receives funds each year from the federal government to administer the program and pay the students.
The work-study program provides part-time jobs for students with financial need, allowing them to earn money to help pay for education expenses. The program encourages community service work and work related to the student's course of study whenever possible. It also can be a resume builder by helping a student get their "foot in the door" and gain some valuable experience in a particular field before leaving school.
Students are paid by the hour and receive a paycheck bi-weekly. Wages paid under the program must equal at least the current federal minimum wage but may be higher depending on the type of work, required skills, or experience. Finlandia University currently pays a wage ranging from $7.75 to $10.50 per hour. The number of hours required a week will depend on the size of award the student has received. Currently, in order to offer the widest number of students an opportunity to participate, all work-study awards are being given at the amount of $800/semester.
A students work-study eligibility for the academic year is based on 1) when the student applied for financial aid (students must complete the FAFSA form), 2) financial need, 3) whether or not the student has registered for classes in the upcoming school year, 4) the University's funding level. Students must also be U.S. or naturalized citizens.
Students may work either on or off-campus; however there are a limited number of off-campus jobs. Off-campus employment must be with either a private, non-profit organization or a pulbic agency, and the work performed must be in the public interest. We currently have placements in the community with the Copper Country Community Arts Center in Hancock, CLK Schools in the Calumet area, and the Houghton-Portage Elementary School in Houghton. On-campus employment can be found in such departments and offices as the library, cafeteria, campus administrative offices, mail center, the bookstore, academic departments, athletics, and the residence hall to mention just a few. The work-study coordinator and work-study supervisors will determine the number of students needed in each department each year. The program generally has around 150 students participating in the program each academic year.