With 25 percent of the University of Kansas’ Federal Work Study funds set to expire, students could see a more constrictive job market as the school year begins. Making matters more difficult, August is traditionally the most competitive time of the year for on-campus job seekers.
Federal Work Study is a federally subsidized program that covers 75 percent of the salary for financially eligible students. Funds from the America Recovery and Readjustment Act increased the amount of funding last year and, consequently, work study positions. As that funding shrinks, University officials expect to see a drop in available jobs.
“We anticipate that those positions probably will not be offered again because those departments won’t have those funds to rely on,” said Todd Cohen, director of University Relations. “We anticipate that it will just go back to the pre-stimulus period.”
The University received an extra $284,667 in ARRA funds last year, bringing its total Federal Work Study allocation to $1.63 million, a five-year high. That increased the number of work study positions available from 514 to 576. However, the University saw a slight decrease in overall on-campus jobs — 3,711 in 2009-10 from 3,749 in 2008-09 — which is attributable to budget cuts.