A limited number of student jobs are available on campus, with work schedules planned around student class schedules. Eligibility is determined by the Dalton State Financial Aid Office based upon a completed FAFSA and a Campus Employment Application.
Students offered Federal Work Study on their initial award letter will receive information about a Work Study Fair to be held in the Student center during the second week of Fall Semester classes. Students not initially awarded Federal Work Study may inquire about on-campus jobs after October 1. Job openings are posted on the Campus Jobs Board in the lower level of the Pope Student Center.
Students enrolled at least half-time who are making financial aid Satisfactory Academic Progress and are otherwise eligible to receive federal aid qualify to work on campus. Students with financial need may be employed under the federal Work Study program. Students without financial need may be employed under the Campus Work Study program.
Federal Work Study - Students with financial need are invited to look for an on-campus job during the Fall semester Work Study Fair, held during the second week of classes. After October 1, job listings are posted on the Campus Jobs board in the lower level of the Pope Student Center.
The America Reads program is an off-campus work opportunity for qualified students; this job places students as reading tutors at a Dalton elementary school. The America Reads program is a great opportunity for an elementary education major in their first or second year of study.
Campus Work Study - Students who do not have financial need may work under the campus work study program. Interested students may be placed into campus work study jobs starting in October of each academic year. Job openings are posted on the Campus Jobs board in the lower level of the Pope Student Center.
Student workers are paid every other week for hours worked. Students usually work up to 19 hours per week, and starting pay is $7.25 per hour. Student workers who remain in the same department for two semesters and have a favorable employee review are eligible for 25 cent per hour raises.
Total earnings for the year are limited by funding available in the Federal and Campus Work Study budgets; earnings in the Federal Work Study program cannot exceed financial need. Student workers are not eligible for unemployment compensation and other employee benefits.
Students eligible for federal Work Study (based on financial need), may subtract work study wages from income when they complete the federal aid application (FAFSA) for the next academic year. In contrast, wages earned off-campus or in the Campus Work study program are reported as income when re-applying for financial aid.
There are other advantages to working on-campus. studies have shown that students working on-campus are more likely to stay in school because they make connections on campus. Students may also find work that is related to their major area and develop valuable references for their resume.