Federal Work-Study

Federal work-study funding is available to students with unmet need, as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Apply at www.fafsa.gov.


The Federal Work Study Program is a need-based program that allows students to earn money to help pay education expenses while they're in school. Applicants must complete the FAFSA and meet the eligibility criteria. Because Work-Study funds are limited, students must come to the Financial Aid Office to request a review of their eligibility. To determine eligibility, the Financial Aid Office will look at the student's unmet financial need, as determined by the student's cost of attendance, FAFSA results, and other financial aid received. Students may qualify for Federal Work-Study up to their remaining unmet need. 

In order to earn the money awarded to them through this program, students are responsible for acquiring an on-campus job that is paid from Federal Work-Study. The Financial Aid Office will keep a list of any work-study positions available, and departments with vacancies may also advertise their unfilled positions. Before interviewing students for a work-study position, the supervisor and student applicant must have approval from the Financial Aid Office. Eligible students who are selected for work-study positions must provide documentation to the Payroll Office, including Form W-4 and two forms of identification.

Work-study positions pay $9/hour unless otherwise advertised. The job supervisor and student worker must keep a timesheet of all work hours. Payments occur monthly and will be provided directly to the student. Students can only earn up to the amount listed on the Award Notification.