- Work-Study Employment Overview
- Work-Study Employment Eligibility
- How to Apply for Work-Study Employment
Work-study is a type of student aid that gives you a way to earn money toward tuition and expenses by doing work on or off campus, often in your field of study.
The federal and/or state government provides the funds for work-study, and each school administers the program during the academic year.
The Financial Aid Office at your school should have the details specific to your program, such as:
- Approved work-study employers
- Types of work-study positions
- Maximum number of hours per week you can work
Federal work-study is usually based on your financial need.
However, even if you are not eligible for work-study, there may be jobs on campus that would allow you to earn extra money to use toward tuition and expenses. Ask around to see what's available.
How to Apply
The first step to applying for work-study is to complete the FAFSA® (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).
Apply as early as you can, since work-study funds are usually limited.
You do not need to report your federal work-study award as income when you renew your FAFSA.
Want to Know More?
- Contact the Financial Aid Office at the school you plan to attend to find out if there are campus-specific work-study programs.
- Contact the higher education agency in your state to find out if any state work-study programs exist near you.