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College 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 your course of study.

Your Federal Work-Study wages will be at least the current federal minimum wage, but they 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.

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 may receive a salary. Your school must pay you at least once a month. 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, room and board.

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.

How do I apply for College Work-Study?

See your work-study coordinator at your school for more information and applications for the work study program.