Make More Money through Empire State College

By Kristina Delbridge, director of financial aid, Financial Aid Office

March 5, 2015

pocket money, fifty dollar biill Do you like money? Are you interested in learning how to earn some?

Federal Work Study is one of the most overlooked funding sources at non-traditional college campuses like Empire State College. Currently, we have funding available for students who are in need of extra money and also would like to add to their employment experience, build valuable resume skills and expand their network of resources. 

Federal Work Study funds at Empire State College are offered to students who have unmet financial need at the student’s request and meet general eligibility criteria. Our federal work study students work in all different types of positions.  Currently, our students who are working under the Federal Work Study program “on-campus” have employment that ranges from tutoring, computer lab assistants, assisting with orientation and other student engagement activities, assisting with faculty research or projects, clerical and receptionist type duties, etc. Our students who are working “off-campus” have employment at non-profit agencies and have varied job descriptions as well.  We have students who tutor in family literacy programs, work in libraries,  assist with grounds work at Sonnenburg Gardens, educate children about the environment and community service, etc.

SUNY Empire State College student, Hardy Cox said, “I've participated in the US Department of Education Federal Work Study program beginning in 2003 at CUNY Borough of Manhattan Community College and continuing on at SUNY Empire State College. I have had the opportunity to gain tremendous skills, learning, and experience work at various college departments at both colleges.” Of his experience with Federal Work Study, Cox said, “The Federal Work Study program allowed me to become an effective student and employee being my best at the workplace and understanding what is required to be exemplary worker of the 21st century. Truly, I recommend all students wishing an opportunity to excel their social, educational and career development should take advantage of the Federal Work Study Program.” 

If you are interested in learning more, please contact Jennifer Howk, Federal Work Study Coordinator at

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