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Federal Work Study


The federal work study program is open to undergraduates, graduate, and vocational students. It provides part time on- or off-campus jobs to help students pay the cost of their higher education.

Who is eligible?

To be eligible, the student must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen.

  • Be enrolled in a program leading to a degree, certificate, or diploma; full-time students are given priority.

  • Be either be registered with the Selective Service (for all males born on or after January 1, 1960, who are at least 18 and not currently on active duty in the Armed Forces), or sign a statement of registration status indicating that he is not required to register.

  • Not have defaulted on a student loan.

  • Not be convicted for the sale of illegal drugs while receiving federal financial aid.

How Is the Award Determined?

The actual amount depends on the student's financial need and the amount of money the school has available for the program. On average, students earned about $1,750 from Federal Work Study during the 2010-2011 academic year. Eligibility criteria for the federal program are in some cases more restrictive than standards for the state program.

What's the Application Process?

Contact the financial aid administrator at the school you attend or plan to attend.