Work Study Information:
What is Federal Work-Study?
The Federal Work-Study Program provides jobs
for undergraduate and graduate students with financial
need, allowing them to earn money to help pay
education expenses. The program encourages community
service work and work related to each student’s
course of study.
How much will I make?
You’ll earn at least the current federal
minimum wage, but the amount might be higher depending
on the type of work you do and the skills required.
Your total Federal Work-Study award depends on
when you apply, your level of need, and the funding
level of your school. Commissions or fees must
not be paid to Federal Work-Study students.
How will I be paid?
If you’re an undergraduate, you’ll
be paid by the hour. If you’re a graduate
student, you might be paid by the hour or you
might receive a salary. Your school must pay you
at least once a month. Also, your school must
pay you directly, unless you request that the
school make payments to your bank account or use
the money to pay for your institutional charges
such as tuition, fees, and room and board.
Are Federal Work-Study jobs on campus
or off campus?
Both. If you work on campus, you’ll usually
work for your school. If you work off campus,
your employer will usually be a private nonprofit
organization or a public agency, and the work
performed must be in the public interest. Some
schools might have agreements with private for-profit
employers for Federal Work-Study jobs, which must
be judged relevant to your course of study (to
the maximum extent possible). If you attend a
proprietary school, there might be further restrictions
on the jobs you can be assigned.
Can I work as many hours as I want?
No. The amount you earn can’t exceed your
total Federal Work-Study award. When assigning
work hours, your employer or financial aid administrator
will consider your class schedule and your academic