How Work-Study Works.


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Do you want to get paid to sit at a desk and do your homework?  How about giving tours on a campus that you love? If you answered “yes” to either of those questions, then work-study is for you!

In order to understand how work-study works, let’s first identify what work-study is.  According to here is a quick overview of federal work-study:

  • provides part-time employment while you are enrolled in school to help pay your educational expenses
  • it’s available to undergraduate, graduate and professional students with financial need
  • the program emphasizes employment related to your course of study whenever possible; however, students are typically responsible for getting their own work-study jobs
  • it’s administered by schools participating in the Federal Work-Study Program, check with your schools financial aid office to see if your school participates

Sounds like a no brainer right, here’s how to apply:

When you fill out the FAFSA form select the box on the application that you are interested in being considered for the program; however, this does not guarantee that a work-study option will be included in your financial aid award nor do you have to accept work-study aid.  Colleges award work-study funds based on the following so apply early:

  • availability of funds
  • other financial aid a student is eligible for
  • student financial need

How Work Study Works -Lighthouse College Planning

Money, money, money…

At this point, you might be wondering how you get paid or how much?

With a work-study job, you are typically at least guaranteed minimum wage that you can use towards your tuition, fees, room, and board or day-to-day living. If you’re still not sure, gaining work experience of any kind while in college is very important so take advantage of the work-study opportunities available at your college.

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