Federal Work-Study Aid

Federal Work-Study is a federal student-aid program that helps you with a part-time employment while you are enrolled in a school to facilitate your education expenses. Work Study requires student to work in order to receive money for school. Students typically work 10 to 15 hours per week but no more than 20. While you are employed, your employer and financial aid office will decide upon the number of hours you can work considering your study schedule and academic progress.

The program encourages community service and work related to your course of study. Undergraduate students are paid by the hour. Federal Work-Study students may not be paid a commission or fee. The school must pay the student directly (unless the student provides other instructions) and at least monthly. Wages for the program must equal at least the current federal minimum wage but might be higher, depending on the type of work the student does and the skills required. The amount a student earns can't exceed the total Federal Work-Study award.

Students who work on campus usually work for their school. The employer for students who work off-campus will usually be a private nonprofit organization or a public agency, and the work performed must be in the public interest.

Your work-study award will depend upon factors like when you apply, your level of financial need, and your school’s funding level.

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