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Financial Aid and Scholarships


Change in Status

While the majority of work-study students never experience any modifications to their work-study status, it is sometimes necessary to change, reduce or even cancel work-study awards.

Reducing and Cancelling Work-Study Awards

The USC Federal Work-Study Program is designed to create successful and productive relationships between students, employers and the university. However, on occasion it may be necessary for the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships to reduce, or even cancel, a student's Federal Work-Study award. If so, both the student and the employing department/agency will be notified by letter if the award has been changed or terminated.

The most common reason for reducing a work-study award is when a student receives additional financial assistance during the academic year (i.e., university or outside scholarships).


Changes Initiated by the Department or Agency

There are two changes to the work-study student's status that a department or agency should initiate: 

  1. changes to the student's hourly salary
  2. changes to the fund code

Any changes to the student's expected earnings will be made by the Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships. Changes to the student's hourly rate or fund codes should be initiated by the department on a PBP-3 form [pdf]. Simply circle the change(s) and submit the form directly to the Financial Aid Office. The change(s) will be processed and forwarded to the Payroll Office.


Terminations Initiated by the Department or Agency

When a department terminates a FWS student for any reason, a PBP-3 form [pdf] should be submitted directly to the Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships with the termination block selected, and the last date the student worked entered on the "Effective Date" and "End Date" lines.

Switching from Work-Study to Departmental Funds
In order to switch a student from work-study funds to departmental funds, the department must first terminate the work-study employment using a "termination" PBP-3 form, then re-hire as a non work-study (regs) student on VIP using 100% departmental funds.