Federal Work-Study

Federal Work-Study provides part-time jobs on or off campus for students who demonstrate financial need. The program allows you to earn money to help pay educational expenses and also encourages community service work and work related to your course of study.


Apply for the Federal Work-Study Program by checking the “I am interested in Federal Work-Study” box on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

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Here’s a quick overview of Federal Work-Study:


  • It provides part-time employment while you are enrolled in school.
  • It’s available to undergraduate, graduate, and professional students with financial need.
  • It’s available to full-time or part-time students.
  • It’s administered by schools participating in the Federal Work-Study Program. Check with your school’s financial aid office to find out if your school participates.
  • It’s based on your financial need.

If you are interested in work-study, make sure you apply for financial aid early. Schools that participate in the Federal Work-Study program, award funds on a first come, first served basis. Contact the financial aid office for a list of current work-study job openings. Apply quickly, because work-study positions are very competitive and the jobs fill fast.

Remember, work-study is like any other job application and interview. Make sure you submit a professional resumé and are prepared for the interview.