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Student Financial Planning / Office of Student and Academic Services


S2009 Schurman Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853
phone: 607-253-3766
fax: 607-253-4095
vetfinaid@cornell.edu

Self-Help Through Employment

The College of Veterinary Medicine offers two wage-subsidy programs which benefit students interested in self help through employment.

Federal Work Study Program (FWS)
The Federal Work Study Program increases opportunities for student employment by reimbursing employers on campus or in certain non-profit organizations off campus 60% of wages paid to eligible students. Eligibility to participate is based on financial need as evidenced by analysis of the FAFSA.

Federal Work Study funds are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Eligible students wishing to participate must first find employment and then come to the Financial Aid Office to complete the Application for Academic-year Employment Subsidy. A notice of the amount of Federal Work Study funding allocated (if any) will be provided to the student, with copies to the employing department(s).

Eligibility for summer Federal Work Study funding, when available, is based on the financial need analysis from the prior academic year. Summer Federal Work Study earnings must, according to federal regulations, be applied to the following academic year's expenses, and may not be replaced with need-based education loans. The funds remaining for summer Federal Work Study employment are usually very limited.

Veterinary Student Employment Program (VETSEP)
The College offers a wage-subsidy program to students in the professional curriculum employed in certain types of veterinary-related positions within the College. As with FWS, available monies are allocated to eligible students on a first-come, first-served basis. Students wishing to participate must first find employment, then come to the Financial Aid Office to complete the Application for Academic-year Employment Subsidy. A student who has more than one job must list each job separately on the application. Notification of the amount of subsidy approved (if any) is sent to the student and to each employing department. Support is limited to positions paying at least $6.50 per hour.

Summer funding may be available on a limited basis. Students must complete 130 hours of employment during the academic year in the same job for which summer funding is being requested.