Student Employment

Student Employment

Thursday, November 11, 2010

What is Work-Study?

At the Office of Student Employment, we often receive questions about the Federal Work-Study Program. Think of the following list as a crash course in the program:

1)Work-Study Awards are highly sought after grants distributed based on financial need and time of FAFSA application.
2) Work-Study is a federal work program. Unlike loans or scholarships that are disbursed at the beginning of each term that can cover tuition and fees, Work-Study is disbursed in the form of a biweekly paycheck for actual hours worked.
3) These wages are given directly to the student in the form of a paycheck and can help the student with indirect costs such as books or travel expenses.
4) Work-Study earnings cannot be applied directly to tuition. It’s essentially like any other part-time job, except the wages are paid by the government. Once the student receives this paycheck, they can certainly apply it to their account, and they can do so by paying the cashier’s office.
5) If you are not awarded Work-Study as part of your financial aid package, don't worry. Employment is still a great option for managing your educational costs. You can find non-Work-Study jobs at, under the Students link.

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