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Federal work-study is a source of federally funded, need-based financial aid. Students must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered for work-study. If you demonstrate financial need as determined by Student Financial Aid, you may receive work-study as part of your financial aid package. If so, federal work-study will be listed on your notice of financial aid eligibility letter, also called a financial aid award letter. The Office of Financial Aid determines a maximum amount of work-study funds that you can earn during the school year.
You can look on Handshake, our free online national job-posting service through NACELink for students and alumni. To find a work-study position, just go to Handshake’s website and search for “work-study.” Keep in mind, if you don’t see a position that you want listed on Handshake, you can always ask departments if they’re in need of a work-study student for the semester or year.
You can also ask off-campus nonprofit organizations if they need a work-study student. Depending on the job description, budget, and needs of the nonprofit, and the approval of the Office of Financial Aid, you could create a new work-study position.
The primary difference is in how the jobs are funded.
Federal work-study is a type of federal aid in which the federal government pays 70 percent of the wages and the employing department pays 30 percent. To be awarded work-study funds, you must demonstrate financial need, as noted on the FAFSA. Only students eligible for work-study funds may work in work-study jobs.
Work-study earnings are not considered income when determining eligibility for financial aid the following year and have a maximum limit listed on your award letter.
To take a work-study position, you must meet the half-time enrollment requirements:
The same requirement applies for receiving work-study funding for summer work.
Regular employment does not use federal financial aid money; the employing department or organization pays 100 percent of wages, and you are not required to file the FAFSA to be eligible. Regular employment earnings do not affect your current-year aid package.
Any student can apply for regular employment jobs, and you won’t have a limit on how much you can earn. However, the number of hours available may be limited by the department’s funding.
You’ll still need to meet the minimum enrollment requirements listed above for the fall or spring semesters. If you’re working over the summer, the enrollment requirements are waived if you were enrolled at least half-time in the spring and will be enrolled at least half-time in the fall.
You must complete a FAFSA to apply for federal work-study and other need-based aid. The Office of Financial Aid will determine your eligibility for aid and notify you in writing. If work-study is not included on your notice of financial aid eligibility, and you’re interested in a specific work-study job, contact Financial Aid at 260-481-6820 or email@example.com—you may be eligible to have work-study added to your award package. Increasing or decreasing your work-study eligibility may affect your other financial aid.
There are many benefits of a work-study job:
Yes, but most pay more.
No. Work-study is given only if you demonstrate more financial need after all gift aid has been applied. It will never decrease any of your grants or scholarships. Only loans and work-study aid are interchangeable.
No. You’ll receive work-study payment (check or direct deposit) based on the pay rate and the number of hours you have worked in the pay period.