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AAMU Raises Work Study Pay, Adds Career Prep Support

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September 04, 2023

AAMU Work Study Students to See 60 percent Increase in Minimum Pay

Beginning this semester, the hiring wage for AAMU work study students is $12 an hour, an increase of 60 percent, and almost double the federal minimum wage. In addition to the pay increase, AAMU has realigned the work study program to split reporting between the Financial Aid and Career Services offices.

“This is all about positioning our students for persistence and success,” said Vice President for Student Affairs Dr. Braque Talley. “Connecting our work study program directly with Career Services will better prepare our students for the post-graduation workforce.” 

Work study employment is assigned each year based on student financial need assessed through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and is often part of broader financial aid packages to support student retention and success. The new minimum hourly rates will apply to all federal work study students.   

“Career Development Services is honored to centralize the process for assisting students with finding employment opportunities on campus,” said Director of Career Development Services Yvette Clayton. “In addition, CDS will facilitate professional development workshops that prepare students for success on campus and in internships, co-ops, field placements, and their careers.” 

Career Development Services is also asking all work-study supervisors to allow their student workers one paid hour to take part in virtual workshops on topics like building and maximizing your personal brand, resume writing, interviewing skills, customer service, email etiquette, and more. 

Nearly 150 students held federal work study positions at AAMU last academic year. That number is expected to increase with larger enrollment and more students living on campus than ever before. Director of Financial Aid and Scholarships Marcus Byrd says the benefits of work study jobs are endless for the University and students.

“The federal work study program is a great way for students to have a part time job that provides flexible hours, close proximity to classes, and the ability to gain valuable work experience,” said Byrd. 

VP Talley says the news marks another notch in AAMU’s work to bolster student success. 

“These changes reflect our commitment to creating a living and learning community where students feel valued and supported.”