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Colorado Mesa University offers students four types of work-study funding:

  1. Federal Work Study
  2. Colorado Need Based Work Study*
  3. Colorado No-Need Work Study*
  4. MAVworks

* State work-study is limited to in state Colorado residents.

These programs provide funding to qualifying students to work to earn an hourly wage through part time employment in a variety of on-campus jobs. Students earning work-study are paid semi-monthly through direct deposit to a personal banking account not their CMU Student Account.

All work-study funds are awarded through the Financial Aid Office. 

General Qualifications Work-Study

These are the qualifications that students must meet in order to be awarded all types of work-study funds offered at CMU.  MAVworks funds have additional award criteria. 

  1. Complete the FAFSA/CASFA
    • Qualifying In-State-ASSET students may complete the CASFA and will need proof of eligibility for US employment
    • International students who cannot qualify for Federal or Sate Financial Aid will need proof of eligibility for US employment
  2. New CMU Students and New Student Employees must also complete the MAVworks Application
    • Application opens August 1 and January 1
    • Based on eligibility the MAVworks Application awards students all types of work-study
    • Awards are offered on a first come first serve basis, as long as funds are available
  3. Be enrolled in at least 12 credits
  4. Be meeting Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress
  5. Not serving as a GA on campus

Additional MAVworks Qualifications

Students must meet general work-study qualifications, listed above, along with:

  1. Be ineligible to receive a Federal Pell Grant
  2. Have a GPA of 3.0 or better
    • New students will be evaluated based on HS or Transfer GPA
  3. Not have been awarded State or Federal work-study within the same academic year

2024-2025 Work Study Changes

The redesigned 2024-2025 FAFSA/CASFA no longer asks students, “Are you interested in work-study?” This will means that students can no longer be automatically considered for work-study funding like in previous years. In response, the CMU Financial Aid Office has had to adjust our awarding strategy beginning with the 2024-2025 academic year.

Learn more about these changes and the new process: