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You go to class here, you might as well work here, too

Diana Forbes | Interrobang | News | August 29th, 2005



Between 35 hours of class, umpteen hours of homework and a hectic social life, it's hard for a college student to add a part-time job to help make ends meet.

Implemented by the Fanshawe Student Union, the work-study program hooks students up with part-time jobs on campus for 10 to 15 hours a week.

The FSU, in partnership with Career Services, connects students with jobs at the Out Back Shack, Oasis, as well as in office settings like Publications and events organization. There are also many jobs available on campus outside the FSU.

“We are hiring six students to be apart of the financial/marketing team of the FSU,” said FSU VP Financial Danielle Little. The six positions were created this year to market the work-study program for the 2005/06 school year.

Most importantly, work-study allows students to schedule their working hours around class time and other commitments. The program also tries to match students with positions that best suit their interests and education.

Despite popular belief, work-study applicants don't necessarily have to be on OSAP, they just have to show they could use extra cash and are willing to work for earnings.

Positions are often left unoccupied due to lack of student applications, and she encourages students to inquire.

Bursaries are another avenue Little suggests for students who are strapped for cash.

Like work-study, applicants don't have to be on OSAP to apply to bursaries, they just have to prove their expenses are greater than their income.

For example, the Tuition Set-Aside Bursary requires Fanshawe College to set aside 30 per cent of additional revenue from tuition increases for student financial aid. According to Little, the college currently has $3 million set aside for such bursaries.

For more information on bursaries or the work-study program contact Danielle Little at fsufinance@fanshawec.ca or 519.452.4109 ext.6304, or drop into Career Services at F2010. The forms for both services can also be found at www.fanshawec.ca/financial, or in room E1003.
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