[QUOTE=LankyLizards;9102829]I found out something verrry interesting today. I went to the school's financial aid office because my student loans are taking forever to come in and I need them. Then, while I was there, I decided to ask about work study, even though I thought it would mean that I would have to work on campus, whcih would mean more commuting for me (it's a 30 minute commute, maybe 45 min.). Anyway, the woman I spoke to let me know that I can volunteer for any non-profit that will have me and the school will pay me $8.70/hr. How amazing is that? I can actually do something interesting and relevant, maybe working at a women's shelter and I will get paid for it. To think that at my last school my work study job involved lots of photo copying and filing in Human Resources. I'm actually excited about this. Now I just have to call around and find somewhere that will accept my (free to them) help.
Just wanted to pop in with what I know about work-study (at least where I live.) A professor wanted me to do workstudy for him and be a research assistant. My sister was his workstudy when she was at the college, so she knows how it is. I also spoke with the people in the workstudy office. When you do workstudy, the amount of student loans you get goes down. So you have less to pay back at the end, yes, but instead of the large amount of student loan $$ up front at the beginning of the semester/quarter (it would be less), you get a check every month from work study. And less student loan $$$. Anyways, I chose not to do the workstudy, one, because I know this particular teacher is demanding to his research assistants,lol, and two, because I need the time to concentrate on classes and do well. If it were more $$ on top of grants & student loans, maybe yes, I'd try to figure out a way to do it. But just to switch from one $$ to another $$, not worth it for the time it takes.
Anyways, hopefully it's different where you are, just thought I'd put out my experience with it though..
eta...and apparently I can't do quotes,lol.