Federal Work-study

A federal work-study award is offered to students with financial need who may contribute toward their educational expenses by working part time. Work-study funds are very limited and not all eligible applicants will receive an award.

Federal Work-Study Request Forms

Complete the work-study request form to let us know you want to be considered for an award. We will review your eligibility and available funding.

Note: If you do not accept an award within 30 days of it being offered, you may lose the award.


To be eligible for work-study, you must:

  • file an annual FAFSA 
  • qualify for federal student aid
  • demonstrate financial need 
  • enroll on at least a half-time basis (six to 11 credits at the undergraduate level; four credits at the graduate level)

Finding a position

Students who receive a work-study award can visit Career Services to review job listings. Assistance is provided in matching student interests to jobs.

  • You may work up to 20 hours per week when classes are in session.
  • Your supervisor must submit a new-hire form to the Career Services Office.
  • You may declare a semester an “off-semester,” during which you may work up to 40 hours per week, provided you enroll on a half-time basis in the coming semester.
  • Allow three to five weeks from the date you are hired to receive your first paycheck.

Note: A work-study award is not an employment guarantee. Carefully read the Student Guide to On-Campus Employment for information and instructions concerning the work-study employment process.