Financial Aid

Types of Aid


Financial Aid

Work Study

The purpose of the Northwest University Work Study program is to provide financial assistance to needy students by facilitating part-time employment. To participate, you must be awarded Work Study as part of your financial aid package.

Work Study is more than just a job – it’s also job experience. You may find employment either on-campus or off-campus, depending upon your major. All monies you earn from working are paid directly to you by your employer in the form of a paycheck.

The Work Study award amount on your award letter notifies you of the gross amount that you may earn that is considered “Work Study.” For example, if your award letter shows you have $2,500 worth of Work Study eligibility but you earn $3,000 from your job, $2,500 is considered “Work Study” and $500 is not.

The difference between work study and regular employment is that the wages you earn on the work study program are not considered in the federal methodology when need is being determined for the following year. Work study earnings are taxable and are included on a student’s tax return. They are also reported as work earnings on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). However, work study earnings are also counted as a Title IV Exclusion in another section of the FAFSA, effectively decreasing the amount of income available to go towards the Expected Family Contribution (EFC).

If you have any questions about Federal Work Study or Washington State Work Study, please contact the Work Study Coordinator in the Financial Aid Services Office at 425.889.4090.

Federal Work Study

This Federally-funded program provides on-campus jobs to students with demonstrated financial need according to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. To apply for an on-campus job, you must submit an Application for Employment to the Human Resources Office. You may obtain an application by contacting the Human Resources Office at 425.889.5749. An interview with the area supervisor is also required for placement. Students work an average of 12-15 hours per week, depending upon the position. Positions filled by Federal Work Study students include, but are not limited to, departmental offices, library, technical services, custodial, food services, or grounds maintenance.

Washington State Work Study

This program, funded by the State of Washington, provides off-campus employment opportunities to students with financial need according to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Once you have acquired a job, contact the Work Study Coordinator so that you may be provided with timesheets and other documents if necessary.

Students are not eligible to work on the Washington State Work Study Program if they are pursuing a ministerial academic program (contact the Financial Aid Services Office for details). Washington State Work Study placements should be related to academic or career goals. However, if no job fits into your goals, you may find employment with any of the employers.

Applying for a Work Study Position

On-Campus

The Human Resources Office administers On-Campus Work Study positions. If you are interested in working on-campus, please contact the Human Resources Department. You will be sent an employment application. Completed and returned applications are reviewed by department supervisors who make hiring decisions based on student skills and experience.

Off-Campus

Students pursuing a major or minor offered by the College of Ministry (including the Ministry Leadership major offered through the LEAP program) do not qualify for off-campus Work Study through the State of Washington.

The Financial Aid Services Office administers Washington State Work Study positions. Students interested in finding a job off-campus (preferably related to their academic or career goals) should contact the Work Study Coordinator in the Financial Aid Services Office. Off-Campus job openings are posted online at http://eagle.northwestu.edu/jobsearch/ and in the Financial Aid Services Office. Students preparing to interview for an off-campus work study position must contact the Financial Aid Services Office.

Points to Remember

There are a few points that are important to remember as students seek employment in a Work Study position:

  • An offer of Work Study is not a guarantee of a job
  • Students may not earn more than their eligibility
  • Students may not begin working until the appropriate employment forms are processed.

If a student is not eligible for the Work Study program, they may seek employment through the Job Search Program at Northwest University. This program assists students in locating a job that is best suited for them. Information regarding the Job Search Program can be obtained through the Human Resources Office.