Federal Work Study Overview 

The Cheyney University Financial Aid Office offers part-time need based employment to eligible students. Students must first submit a FAFSA each year in order to determine eligibility for the Federal Work Study Student Employment Program. Priority FAFSA filing Deadline is February 15th of each year. Students must show financial “need” to participate in the program. Students participating in the Federal Work Study Student Employment Program will have the federal work study award listed as a fund on their award notification issued by the Financial Aid Office at Cheyney University.  

Students are permitted to work a maximum of 15 hours per week at a rate of $7.25 an hour. Students are paid on a bi-weekly basis for the hours worked.  Federal Work Study Awards will not appear on your account summary issued by the University's Bursar's Office. Student are under no obligation to accept the award offer of federal work study.   Supervisors should not allow students to work more than the maximum number of hours defined by the University's financial aid Federal Work Study policy.  

The Cheyney University Federal Work Study Student Employment Program is a “need based” program that is federally funded by the U.S. Department of Education. Funds are awarded based on the availability of funding. Students may show their interest in the program by answering question 31 on the FAFSA: Are you interested in work-study?
Cheyney University students must submit a Federal Work Study Student Employment Program Application each year. This application is used to determine the departmental assignments for all eligible participants.

Federal Work Study Student Employment Program Applications and authorization to work documentation must be submitted by the DUE DATE listed below:

Starting Fall 2014 Submission Deadlines:

  • Fall Start: September 2nd
  • Spring Start: February 2nd

Failure to adhere to the guidelines forfeits your federal work study award for the semester. Example:  You (the Student) are enrolled in the fall semester and are awarded federal work-study on your award notification, you complete the application and submit the documentation on September 2. You will not be eligible to participate in the federal work study program until the spring semester. Your award will be automatically cancelled for the Fall Semester.

Federal Work Study Student Employment Procedures for Cheyney University Students
  1. Students must complete a FAFSA to determine eligibility for federal work study. 
  2. Students must have an award notification which includes federal work study as a part of the award offer.
  3. Students must complete the Work Study Application (See Number 4 below),  and submit the application to the Cheyney University - Financial Aid Office, Wade Wilson Bldg, 2nd Floor.  
  4. Students must print and complete (click links below to print) the HR Packet which includes "the authorization to work documentation":* Work Study Application
    * Work Study Employment Packet
    * W-4 Form 2014
    * I-9 form 
    * E-Time Directions for Work-Study  
    * Payroll Information 

    Students submit the HR Packet to Wade Wilson, Room 218.  Payroll will review all submitted documentation. 

  5. Financial Aid will notify students participating in the Federal Work Study Student Employment program via Cheyney University's EMAIL ONLY of their work assignments.  

Federal Work Study Students should report to work during the first week of the session they are assigned to work to avoid a report of NO SHOW.  Only students actively enrolled(attending courses at Cheyney University) are permitted to work and earn compensation from the Federal Work Study Program.