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Federal Work-Study

What is Federal Work-Study?

The Federal Work-Study Program provides jobs for undergraduate and graduate students with financial need, allowing them to earn money to help pay education expenses. The program encourages community service work and work related to your course of study.

How much will I make?

Your Federal Work-Study wages will be at least the current federal minimum wage, but they may be higher depending on the type of work you do and the skills required. Your total Federal Work-Study award depends on when you apply, your level of need, and the funding level of your school.

How will I be paid?

If you're an undergraduate, you'll be paid by the hour. If you're a graduate student, you might be paid by the hour or you may receive a salary. Your school must pay you at least once a month. Your school must pay you directly, unless you request that the school make payments to your bank account, or use the money to pay for your institutional charges such as tuition, fees, room and board.

Are Federal Work-Study jobs on campus or off campus?

Both. If you work on campus, you'll usually work for your school. If you work off campus, your employer will usually be a private nonprofit organization or a public agency, and the work performed must be in the public interest. Some schools might have agreements with private for-profit employers for Federal Work-Study jobs, which must be judged to be relevant to your course of study to the maximum extent possible. If you attend a proprietary school, there may be further restrictions on the jobs you can be assigned.

Can I work as many hours as I want?

No. The amount you earn can't exceed your total Federal Work-Study award. When assigning work hours, your employer or financial aid administrator will consider your class schedule and your academic progress.

Federal Work-Study Handbook

Additional information about the Federal Work-Study Program from ECU's Office of Financial Aid.