College Work-Study Jobs And Programs For Students
Federal Work-Study Programs provide part-time jobs to both undergraduate and graduate students, as part of their financial aid package. The amount of any work-study funds offered will depend upon:
- Your financial need
- The amount of other aid you receive
- Available funds at your school
- The number of hours you are willing or able to work
What To Expect From The Typical State Or Federal Work-Study Program
Work-study assignments are typically selected from either campus owned and operated facilities or community based service agencies or organizations. Salaries vary depending on your work assignment, but will never be less than the prevailing minimum wage. However, you will generally only be allowed to work until the point you have earned the full amount of your work-study award. Money earned through work-study is provided on an ongoing basis through regular paychecks rather than in one lump sum. Therefore, work-study money is usually not used for tuition payments which must be paid prior to the start of the semester.
In addition to the federal program, some states also offer similar work-study programs for students. Even if you do not qualify for college work-study funds, your school may have other part-time work opportunities available.