Work-Study Basics

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Partially Funded by the U.S. Federal Government

Federal Work-Study is an employment program partially funded by the U.S. federal government designed to help qualifying students fund their education.

  • Students must be United States citizens or permanent residents and must have proven financial need.
  • The program runs from July 1 through May of the following year.
  • Many positions, in University departments or at non-profit organizations off campus, complement students’ academic interests.
  • Students in work-study positions may be expected to work a significant number of hours each week in addition to their school-related work.
  • Hourly wages associated with work-study positions may vary.
  • Work-Study awards are granted by the Financial Aid Office of each School. Certain schools do not participate in the Federal Work-Study program.