Emory Report

 September 2, 1997

 Volume 50, No. 2

Work-study program has federal allocation upped for '97-'98 year

More students will be getting more money through Emory's work-study program this year, thanks to an increase in funding from the federal government, said Mollie Korski, assistant director of financial aid for student employment.

Emory's work-study program, which draws 70 percent of its funding from a federal grant, saw that grant jump to $1.6 million this year, up from $1 million last year. The increase means the average annual award to work-study students will go from $1,375 last year to about $1,600.

"Some students are eligible for less than that because they get other forms of financial aid that meets their needs, like grants and loans," Korski said. "But the typical award is $1,600."

The other 30 percent of the program's budget comes from University departmental funds-the numerous departments around campus that hire student workers each year. Though it seems as if there are never enough students to fill departments' needs, Korski said the funding increase means more potential employees.

"We've been able to do more awarding; last year we had a waiting list [for work-study]," Korksi said. "This year, we've been able to go out and do a lot of first-time awards and offer it on their initial application, which has been great and a big help, I think, to their families."

She said 1,200 students have accepted work-study so far, and she expects that number to rise to around 1,600 by the end of the year.

-Michael Terrazas

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