Student Employment

Student Employment

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Student Employment partner to launch unprecedented human trafficking study

Congratulations to one of our Community Service Work-Study partners, Laboratory to Combat Human Trafficking. The nonprofit announced on Tuesday it has been awarded a $1 million grant from the Embry Family Foundation to launch an unprecedented study of promising anti-trafficking practices in the U.S. Here's what our partners said in their press release:

“We are honored to have the opportunity to spearhead this collaborative process, which will involve multiple agencies and experts. Currently, no national campaign exists to guide states, cities, and communities in addressing human trafficking,” said LCHT Executive Director Amanda Finger. “We believe Colorado is an ideal place to pilot this ambitious project. Not only is it a source, transit, and destination state for human trafficking, it also has a vibrant anti-trafficking movement.”

A decade after the passage of federal legislation to combat human trafficking, the Colorado Project to Comprehensively Combat Human Trafficking (Colorado Project) will document successful strategies to prevent human trafficking, protect survivors, punish traffickers, and build key partnerships (4Ps) between social service agencies. LCHT will conduct its research in concert with statewide leaders from multiple fields, including Dr. AJ Alejano-Steele, Professor at Metropolitan State College of Denver; the Denver Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation; Denver attorney and anti-trafficking advocate Patricia Medige; and Lauren Croucher, Human Trafficking Project Director with the Colorado Organization for Victim Assistance.

The Embrey Family Foundation champions the well-being and rights of all people by supporting programs that advance human rights, healthy communities, education, and artistic creativity."

Thursday, November 11, 2010

What is Work-Study?

At the Office of Student Employment, we often receive questions about the Federal Work-Study Program. Think of the following list as a crash course in the program:

1)Work-Study Awards are highly sought after grants distributed based on financial need and time of FAFSA application.
2) Work-Study is a federal work program. Unlike loans or scholarships that are disbursed at the beginning of each term that can cover tuition and fees, Work-Study is disbursed in the form of a biweekly paycheck for actual hours worked.
3) These wages are given directly to the student in the form of a paycheck and can help the student with indirect costs such as books or travel expenses.
4) Work-Study earnings cannot be applied directly to tuition. It’s essentially like any other part-time job, except the wages are paid by the government. Once the student receives this paycheck, they can certainly apply it to their account, and they can do so by paying the cashier’s office.
5) If you are not awarded Work-Study as part of your financial aid package, don't worry. Employment is still a great option for managing your educational costs. You can find non-Work-Study jobs at, under the Students link.