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

To be considered for an award you will need to complete the Work-Study Request Form. 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 

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. Some positions are opportunities available in the local community. These include direct and indirect services, both on and off the campus, in the areas of supportive education, legal aid, counseling, tutoring, child care, and more.

Earning federal work-study funds is based on working hours at an eligible job. Federal work-study jobs and the ability to earn funds may be limited during the on-going pandemic. Please contact us if you are unable to secure a FWS-eligible job and would like to review all of your financial aid options to assist with your costs.

  • You may work up to 20 hours per week when classes are in session.
  • Your supervisor must submit a new-hire form.
  • 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. Submit this form to the Career Services Office.
  • Allow three to five weeks from the date you are hired to receive your first paycheck.
  • If you are not attending at least half-time, standard FICA taxes will be deducted from your 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.