Work-Study Programs

Author: Carla Abraham

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What Are Work-Study Programs?

Work-study programs allow students with financial need to work part-time for a wage to help offset the cost of tuition. Work-study programs have certain restrictions as to where you can work and how many hours per week. This is to ensure that students are able to maintain their class load without having to commute long distances between work and classes.


What Are The Benefits Of Participating In A Work-Study Program ?


  • You will gain experience working with different people from various backgrounds.
  • You can learn and build new skills.
  • It can be a great resume builder by showing you have initiative.
  • You may have the opportunity to meet many people and make new friends.
  • You will save money by working towards paying for your education. This translates into less debt and more savings in your future.


Where Can I Find Work-Study Programs ?


  • Federal Work Study Programs – Federal Work Study Programs are available at over 3400 participating post-secondary institutions. The hourly wage allocated to students may be no less than the federal minimum wage. Federal Work-Study Programs are available to both undergraduate and graduate students.  The first step in qualifying for a federal work-study program is to complete the FAFSA or Free Application for Federal Student Aid.



  • College or University Work Study Programs – To learn more about work-study programs offered by a particular school, check with the school’s financial aid office for more details.