Work-study is a federally sponsored employment program for undergraduate and graduate students, where the wages are partially paid by the program funds in addition to the employer.
The students may earn cumulative work-study wages up to the amount listed on their financial aid award. Wages earned vary based on a position and qualifications. More information on wage rates can be found the the Human Resources department’s student employment job classification page.
Unlike regular student employment, all of the work-study money earned during a calendar year are excluded from the financial contribution by a student when applying for aid in the following year. Any unused work-study awarded amounts are forfeited for the next academic year.
It is a student’s responsibility to find a work-study position. The office of Career & Professional Development, located in the Student Success Center, suite 125, maintains a student jobs database. Handshake contains work-study, student assistance, internship and permanent job listings. We also encourage students to contact departments related to their fields of endeavor in addition to these postings, as some positions are not announced.
It is important to look for and secure a position early during the fall term. Positions do become available throughout the semesters but in small numbers.
To qualify for the work-study aid, the students must file the FAFSA, receive and accept financial aid on their award notice. The students must be enrolled at least halftime in order to maintain their eligibility throughout the employment.
Note: If you do not qualify for work-study or you are an international student, you may still be employed as a student assistant. Student assistant wages are paid solely by the employer. Handshake also contains listings for part-time student assistant positions (no work-study award needed).
Community Service Work-Study Positions
Off campus Community Service work-study opportunities exist for students. These job opportunities are certified as public service and/or private non-profit agencies working for the greater good of the community.
Students interested in these positions must meet work-study eligibility guidelines in or to be eligible. Off campus work-study opportunities are advertised through Handshake.
Although a student may have a work-study award through financial aid, it is the student’s responsibility to seek a position in order to earn the work-study award.