Work Study

What is Federal Work Study?

Work Study is a federal aid program designed to provide part-time employment for a limited number of students who have financial need. Work Study eligibility awards represent the total amount a student is eligible to earn in wages from federal aid after securing an on-campus job.

How do I apply for a Federal Work Study job?

First, Federal Work Study eligibility is not a job guarantee. Since more students have eligibility for Work Study than funds can support, a student is responsible for finding a job. The Student Financial Services Office makes no attempt to judge the work skills of each applicant. We simply identify eligibility to participate in the program. Some applicants may be better qualified than others, and some more motivated than others. Therefore, the decision to hire rests solely with the employer. Some areas may have only one student employee, while other areas may have several. Further, job availability depends to a certain extent on the number of student workers returning from the previous year. For your convenience, a list of campus areas utilizing Work Study students is given below. You may contact whomever you wish. Also check the OBU Career Development Job Portal for possible on campus as well as off campus job openings.

Area Contact Person Location
Academic Center Rusty Wiloughby Thurmond Hall
Admissions Janice Powell Thurmond Hall
Alumni Lori Hagans Cargill Center
America Reads Marie Farlry Shawnee Hall
Athletics/Intramurals Mike Manlapig Noble Complex
Behavioral & Social Dr. Glenn Sanders Owens Hall
Business Office Steven Floyd Thurmond Hall
Communication Arts

Dr. Vickie Ellis

Deanna Spruiell

Development Crystal McKee Cargill Center
Facilities Management

Berry Nichols

Facilities Management
Fine Arts

Dr. Randolph Johnson

Raley Chapel
Food Service/Catering Troy Jesseph Geiger Center
Geiger Center Cynthia Gates Geiger Center
Humanities and Social Sciences Dr. Pam Robinson Owens Hall
Language & Literature Dr. Ben Myers Owens Hall
Library Deana Chesser Mabee Learning Center
Listening & Media Center

Denise Jett

Mabee Learning Center
Natural Science & Math Patty Bagwell Wood Science Building
Planetarium Patty Bagwell Wood Science Building
Residential Life

Sharon Eulberg

Geiger Center
College of Business Dr. David Houghton Bailey Business Center
Student Financial Services Tara Colvin Thurmond Hall
Student Success Center Kirt Henderson Mabee Learning Center
Technology Services Dave Price Thurmond Hall
University Testing Carrie Myles Milburn Center
Recreation & Wellness Center

Andy Wooldridge


How are Work Study benefits paid to me?

A Work Study recipient must be enrolled full-time. Earnings are not automatically applied to the student’s account. A student who secures a Work Study job will be paid bi-weekly at minimum wage. A payroll check will be issued to the student, who then can use the proceeds for personal expenses or apply the proceeds to his/her school bill.