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Laura Forsythe

Indigenous Program Researcher

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Aboriginal students
Each term, eligible students are able to participate in ONE Work-Study project.

Are you a student with financial need looking for the opportunity to participate in research-based projects on campus?  If so, we encourage you to consider SFU’s Work-Study Program. 

The Work-Study Program is an excellent opportunity to earn a supplemental income while gaining valuable experience connecting with various members of the SFU community.  Recognizing that a student’s first commitment is to his/her studies, Work-Study hours are flexible, on-campus and supervised.

Work-Study positions are available during the Fall, Spring and Summer terms, beginning with the first day of classes and ending at the end of the Final Exam period for each term.  The value of your Work-Study placement will vary depending on your assessed financial need.  Successful applicants will be awarded Work-Study hours for a term.

To apply for SFU's Work-Study program (and to maintain your eligibility to participate in the program), you:

  • must have a demonstrated financial need (as assessed by SFU's assessment process).

  • must be enrolled in a minimum of 9 units of normally graded courses in the term of application.

  • must have a minimum CGPA of 2.00 at SFU in the term of application (waived for students in their first term at SFU).

How to apply

How do I find out if I am eligible?

Approximately three weeks before the start of the upcoming term, an email will be sent to your SFU email account informing you of your eligibility to participate in the Work-Study program.

If you are eligible, your email will contain a notification package informing you of your Work-Study award and how to apply for a Work-Study position.  This package will include an acess code to view all the Work-Study positions available for the term.

Please note, the Work-Study notification package will only confirm your eligibility to participate in the program and does not guarantee you will secure a Work-Study placement.

How do I find a Work-Study position?

All Work-Study positions available for the term are posted on our Work-Study Job Search System.  To view these postings, you will need to enter the access code included in your notification email.

If you are interested in a position, contact the Project Supervisor for an interview.  We recommend you bring your resume, references, a copy of your class schedule, and your Work-Study Placement Form (which was included in your Work-Study notification email/package).

Each term, eligible students are able to participate in ONE Work-Study project.  If you are offered more than one position, make a timely decision and inform the Project Supervisor(s).

Payment

Your Project Supervisor will have you complete the following forms:

  • SFU Personal Data Form

  • Federal Tax Credit Form (TD1)

  • BC Tax Credit Form (TD1BC)

These forms are required by SFU's Payroll department to enter you into the payroll system.

Once you have been entered by Payroll, you are paid biweekly for the actual number of hours you complete.  You must report your hours to your Project Supervisor (or designate) who will convey the information to Payroll.  If you do not complete the full number of Work-Study hours you have been awarded, you will not receive the full amount of your award.

 

About the Author

Laura Forsythe

Indigenous Program Researcher

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