The Federal Work-Study Program provides jobs for undergraduate students with financial need, allowing them to earn money to help pay education expenses.
The Federal Work-Study Program encourages students to earn money toward their education expenses by performing community service work and work related to courses of study.
If your child qualifies for Federal Work-Study Program, his or her salary may start at the federal minimum wage, though it could be higher, depending on the type of work and required skills.
The total Work-Study award depends on the application date, the level of financial need, and how much money the school has available.
Undergraduate students are paid by the hour. Unlike loans, money is not paid before it is earned. No Work-Study student may be paid by commission or fee. Students must be paid directly by the school at least once a month.
The amount earned cannot exceed the total Work-Study award. When assigning work hours, the employer or financial aid administrator take your child's class schedule and academic progress into consideration.
On-campus vs. Off-campus jobs
On-campus work is usually done for the school. Off-campus work is usually provided by a private
nonprofit organization or a public agency, and the nature of the work must be in the public interest.
Some schools may have agreements with private for-profit employers for Work-Study jobs, which must be judged to be relevant to the course of study. If your child attends a proprietary school, there may be additional restrictions on available jobs.
Learn more about the Federal Work Study Program