Frequently Asked Questions

The College Work-Study program is a need-based financial aid program. Students must complete a FAFSA and demonstrate financial aid need to qualify through this program. The work-study program is a wonderful opportunity for students. It enables students to not only earn funds to help defray the costs of attending A&M-Commerce, reduce the debt upon graduation, but also provide the opportunity to develop employment skills and build upon a resume for employment once graduation occurs.  

Students are awarded funds based on their eligibility and how much work-study funds A&M-Commerce receives from the federal and state programs, as applicable.


Work-Study job opportunities can be found at Hire A Lion.

We have compiled a list of the most common questions you may have regarding the Work-Study Program.


What if I don’t use all of my money?
If you do not use all of your funding, it is NOT saved.  In fact, we encourage you to use as much of the money as you can because if you don’t, the federal government reduces the money it gives us because our students don’t earn it all.
How will I get paid?
You must submit your hours worked through Train Traq located in your Single Sign On (SSO) account found at sso.tamus.edu.  To log on you need to know your UIN which can be released via the Human Resources Office.  If you do not submit your time sheet by the date required, you may not receive a check for the pay period. 
How much money have I made so far?
You can only earn up to your awarded amount as specified in your award letter and on your work study permit card.  You can see how much you have made in a year via logging into your Single Sign On (SSO) account found at sso.tamus.edu.  To log on you need to know your UIN which can be released via the Human Resources Office.  View this information in the Payroll Data tab.
What if I can’t earn my entire award?
If you realize relatively soon that your class schedule will keep you from earning your entire award, we encourage you to give back any funding you cannot use so that someone else can have the chance to use it. If you don’t use the entire award, the federal government reduces the money it gives the University because our students don’t earn it all.
Can I work in two locations?
No.  It is not possible to work in two locations at the same time.  
Can I change jobs?
Yes.  However, you must bring back your work permit from the first job.  Once you bring it back, we can issue you another permit to be used at the second position.  You cannot work, as work study, at a location unless they have a work permit on file for you.
When is the first day I can start work?
This information is located on your work study permit.  Write it down when you get the permit.
When is the last day I can work?
This information is located on your work study permit.  Write it down when you get the permit.
Why am I only getting minimum wage?
The department determines how much you will get paid.  Theoretically, they pay you based on the position you have.  Position with greater responsibilities can pay more than minimum wage.
Do they take taxes out of my check?
This question is best answered by the professionals in the Human Resources Department.  This can also be viewed on your Single Sign On (SSO) account found at sso.tamus.edu.  To log on you need to know your UIN which can be released via the Human Resources Office.
How many hours can I work per week?
The maximum number of hours per week you can work is an average of 19 hours per week while classes are in session.