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SOMA Osteopathic Medicine

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Federal Work-Study

A student interested in work-study must fill out the FAFSA need analysis to determine eligibility. If eligible, the student completes the work-study application forms and notifies the department of his/her interest. If a position is available in that department, the student meets with the supervisor to discuss hours, start date, etc.

Work-study earnings are considered a part of the total financial aid package. If the student earns $1,000, that $1,000 cannot be awarded in other financial aid, such as loans. The student must complete all forms before beginning work. All work-study positions pay $8.00/hour. Students may be approved to work up to 15 hours/week and are responsible for keeping track of the amount worked so they do not go over their award.

Students are encouraged to consider working in community service organizations. Hospice, United Way, nursing homes, and schools are some of the community service opportunities available. By federal regulation, at least 7% of the total work-study funds for the institution must be utilized in community service.