To apply for Federal Work-Study, you must first complete the FAFSA®. Federal Work-Study is awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis, so it's important to apply as early as January 1.
Students who qualify, typically work at a job related to their course of study either on-campus, or off-campus through a private nonprofit organization or public agency. Students are usually paid by the hour and earn at least the current federal minimum wage.
Federal Work-Study opportunities vary, so check with your school as soon as possible on what opportunities are available and how to apply. Typically, the amount a student earns will not exceed their Federal Work-Study award, which is determined by a student's need and availability of funds.
Did You Know?
While Federal Work-Study earnings are taxable, they are not counted as additional income on your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). We encourage you to consult a tax professional and visit the IRS website at irs.gov for more information.
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