Student life can be challenging thus, financial aid programs are provided to help students acquire knowledge without financial stress. Some of such aids come through work-study permit which helps students acquire skills and experiences in standard organisations while being paid. So, let’s find out what African students need to know about work-study.
However, it is worthy of note that not all countries or schools have this provision so make enquiries before sending your applications. That being said, let’s go straight ahead to find out how African students can be successful at the work-study experience.
The work-study is a federal student aid program which helps students get part-time jobs to support their education. It also decreases student loan because they don’t have any repayments to make.
Federal work-study provides part-time jobs for undergraduates and graduates who have financial needs. It allows them to earn money to cover education expenses. The program encourages community service as well as course-related work to enable students to develop their career. This financial aid is also applicable to high-income earners who are given the basis of merit.
What to Earn
International students under the work-study aid program get to earn the current federal minimum wage. Nonetheless, higher earnings are dependent on the type of work and skills required for the position. The total work-study award depends on
- Undergraduate students with exceptional financial need who have not earned a bachelor’s or graduate degree.
- Students in a post-baccalaureate teacher certification program.
How to Apply
In order to be given any form of financial aid, students must complete their FAFSA. However, not every student will receive the same amount or be eligible to receive work-study. Those who do will know the amount given depending on the college or university they choose to attend.
Average work-study Award
With a work-study job, you’re guaranteed to earn at least the federal minimum wage; $7.25 an hour. If the state minimum wage is higher, you’ll earn at least the state minimum wage. This will go a long way in helping you offset some expenses while in school.