Alvernia has many opportunities for students to work on or off campus. Student employment programs that are offered include Federal Work Study, Institutional Work Study and PA State Work Study. Student employment programs that are offered to our graduate students include Graduate Assistantships. Career Development holds job fairs throughout the school year and administers a job board via Handshake. Please visit Career Development to learn more about how to apply for student employment.

Federal Work Study

Federal Work Study is a federal government program whereby schools apply for, and are allocated federal funds to be spent each academic year in the form of FWS financial aid awards. These awards are given to eligible students who demonstrate financial need. Financial need is determined using a standard formula to evaluate the financial information reported on the students’ FAFSA. Students earn these awards by working part-time on or off campus and earning a paycheck which can be used to pay for educational or living expenses. Employment for Federal Work-Study is available as funding allows.

Pennsylvania State Work Study

PA State Work Study is a PHEAA-sponsored program whose purpose is to provide students with an opportunity to gain career-related work experience and, at the same time, earn funds to assist them in paying for their college education.  Employment for state work study is available as funding allows.

Student eligibility:

  • Full-time day students (12 credits minimum)
  • Pennsylvania resident
  • State grant recipient ("PA State Grant" listed on the financial aid award letter)
  • Not owe a state grant refund
  • Not defaulted on any student loan
  • Making academic progress as detailed in the Academic Progress Standards as defined in the Alvernia Undergraduate Catalog.

Institutional Work Study

Institutional work study is not based on financial need and is funded entirely by Alvernia. Funds for institutional work study are limited to certain departments based upon specific needs and job skills. Employment for institutional work study is available as funding allows.

Student eligibility:

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