Don’t Forget About Federal Work-Study | 06.03.10

Posted in FAFSA, Federal Work-Study, Financial Aid, Stafford Loan By Student Loan Network Staff

Federal work-study isn’t often brought up when discussing paying for college, but it is an amazingly useful and convenient avenue for cash.

Federal work-study programs are based on demonstrated financial need.  All you have to do is meet certain eligibility requirements and complete a FAFSA, where you will be asked if you are interested in student employment.  If you are eligible, your work-study funds will be noted on your award letter.

Federal work-study allocates a set amount of funds per semester that you can earn in various on-campus jobs. Like a scholarship or grant, it doesn’t need to be paid back. You earned it. You keep it.

There is also Non-Federal work-study, which is not based on need and is available on many campuses across the nation. Ask your school employment office about on-campus jobs that are available.

Federal work-study, unfortunately, is not guaranteed. If you don’t use it, you might lose it for future semesters.

Looking for another way to earn money for college that you don’t have to pay back? Visit for the chance to win free money to pay for your education. Use the code “WORKSTUDY” to get started.

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35 Responses to “Don’t Forget About Federal Work-Study”

  1. Tanya says on June 29, 2010 at 11:41 pm:

    this is goood.

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  2. Anjenette says on June 28, 2010 at 5:45 pm:

    It's actually really helpful! My school posts tons of jobs for students to look at and they ask if you are interested in participating in it whenever you talk with someone.

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  3. ashleymccleery says on June 27, 2010 at 1:11 am:

    I have actually struggled to find work study at my school.

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    • Nancy says on June 29, 2010 at 10:56 am:

      ask your counselor at your school's employment office/check out the opportunities board

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  4. Seanna Waker says on June 24, 2010 at 3:17 pm:

    Work Study is worth checking into

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  5. Jessica says on June 24, 2010 at 10:42 am:

    I used work study for my 1st degree and I made a good amount of money to help pay for college and buy food with. It was fun too. I worked at the college radio station!

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  6. mya says on June 22, 2010 at 4:11 pm:

    great information

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  7. Francisco says on June 22, 2010 at 12:09 am:

    great information!

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  8. larosec says on June 21, 2010 at 11:08 pm:

    i am really considering federal work study

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  9. Christina Maria says on June 21, 2010 at 7:55 pm:

    I used to do work study. It was very interested and a learning experience as well

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  10. Dashawn says on June 21, 2010 at 4:16 pm:

    cool maybe i should try this

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  11. BrittanyH says on June 20, 2010 at 6:18 pm:

    I applied for work study on the FAFSA, but when I received my financial package from my school, I didn't see it listed. Last year, I tried applying for some jobs on campus that were Non-federal work study, but our school still gives priority to those students who are work study and I was unable to get the jobs I applied for.

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  12. Andrew says on June 19, 2010 at 8:19 am:

    workstudy is great, i just wish more people qualified for it. I;ve had numerous teachers offer me position only to be turned away by the aid department because its based on parents income and Im still considered a depedent even though I dont receive financial help from them

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  13. Jimeka says on June 17, 2010 at 6:33 pm:

    I have applied for work study before and qualified but didn't get the position even with me being one of the first and early one's to sign up. Why is that? Is there something else im doing wrong?

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    • D@rian says on June 18, 2010 at 5:59 pm:

      It's the same as any other job, lots of candidates apply. The only difference is that only work study eligible students have the option to apply.

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  14. Julia says on June 16, 2010 at 8:33 am:

    Is there a work study program for physical therapist assistants available?

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    • amberelysa says on June 17, 2010 at 9:59 am:

      depends on your school and what programs they offer .. give them a call and ask to be directed to the work study office. they'll give you all the info you need

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  15. jenn says on June 15, 2010 at 12:37 pm:

    i did not qualify for work study. Is there another similar program?

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    • Destiney says on June 15, 2010 at 6:40 pm:

      You could check out Non-Federal Work Study. It's not based on need so you don't have to qualify.

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  16. Cara says on June 14, 2010 at 7:41 pm:

    I am doing work-study, I think it's a great way to get more money for college.

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  17. Mary says on June 13, 2010 at 4:41 pm:

    Work study is definitely for me. I have a question pertaining to the non-federal work study. Can you do both?

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  18. YaYa says on June 9, 2010 at 1:53 pm:

    Federal funding was my first stop in researching financial assistance.

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    • earthdragon says on June 10, 2010 at 1:55 pm:

      I have always had work study, plus there are graduate post on campus as well if you are a graduate. Take a look at it.

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  19. Chad says on June 7, 2010 at 11:57 pm:

    Great info indeed!

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  20. Shakia Gray says on June 7, 2010 at 9:53 pm:

    I'm going to need work study

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  21. Jasmine says on June 7, 2010 at 1:43 pm:

    I hope i can actually do my workstudy this year!

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  22. Shafina says on June 7, 2010 at 11:19 am:

    This sounds interesting. Id like to do it as well.

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  23. Betty says on June 5, 2010 at 1:50 pm:

    The workstudy really comes in handy.

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  24. Marie says on June 4, 2010 at 3:26 pm:

    i am a work study, and i am enjoying it

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