What is Work-Study?
The Federal Work Study Program provides jobs for students with demonstrated
need established from the FAFSA.
The program encourages community service work and work related to the
recipient's course of study. This is a federally funded, campus-based program
and is administered directly by the financial aid office at each participating
school. Not all schools participate in this program.
How much will I make?
Your Federal Work-Study salary will be at least the current federal minimum
wage, but it may 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.
How will I be paid?
If you're an undergraduate, you'll be paid by the hour. If you're a graduate
student, you may be paid by the hour or you may receive a salary. No Federal
Work-Study student may be paid by commission or fee. Your school must pay you
directly at least once a month.
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 may have agreements with private for-profit employers for Federal
Work-Study jobs, which must be judged to be relevant to your course of study. If
you attend a proprietary school, there may 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 progress.
Courtesy: The Financial Aid Student Guide from the
U.S. Department of Education