Work-study is a federal student-aid program designed to help students earn money for school.
While work-study will not cover all college expenses, it can be an incredibly beneficial asset to chipping away at part of those costs.
How to qualify for work-study:
- Students must fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA. Click the box that says “Are you interested in being considered for work-study.”
- Students are responsible for finding their own work-study.
- Nearly 3,400 post-secondary institutions are set up to receive these funds.
- Students can work for a private non-profit, a private for-profit, a state or local agency and even the institution you’re planning to attend.
- Work-study can be on or off-campus.
- It is advised that students fill out the FAFSA as soon as possible because some aid is awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis.
- Work-study funds are not directly applied to your college tuition. You will receive a paycheck, just like a normal job.
- The jobs are not guaranteed every year, you will need to apply each year.
For more information on the federal student work-study program, visit ed.gov.