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Most of the student positions within Purdue Libraries are Federal Work-Study (FWS). This is a federally funded financial aid program designed to help students meet educational costs through the use of part-time employment. FWS students will be considered for employment at Libraries before students not on the FWS program. It is not impossible, but unlikely, that you will be hired if you are not part of the FWS program. A notable exception to the FWS preference is Libraries IT Helpdesk. Student workers for the Helpdesk are hired because of their IT skills not their FWS status.
It is important that you know if you have been awarded FWS as part of your financial aid package. That information can be found on your Financial Aid Award Letter or on the online Financial Aid Self Service system at http://mypurdue.purdue.edu. If you are not a FWS student, you can still apply to Libraries. Just mark the appropriate box on the application form.
The Student Employment-Division of Financial Aid will send a Payroll Authorization Form (PAF) to your email address. You must have a PAF to qualify for a FWS position at Purdue. If you didn't receive a PAF or need an additional PAF, you may pick up a new one at Schleman Hall room 305 from Student Employment or a Financial Aid Counselor. You may apply for a FWS position without the PAF form but you will be asked to bring an original PAF form to Libraries Business Office once the forms are available. If you cannot produce a PAF form, your employment with Libraries will be ended.
If you are applying for a graduate assistantship, you don't need to fill out the application. Graduate students should send their resume to Human Resources. If there are positions available, the hiring managers will review applications and contact applicants directly.
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