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Work study programs allow undergrad and grad students to earn some money towards their college expenses.

To be eligible for federal work study programs, you must meet the following three requirements:

  • You must be enrolled in a full-time or part-time program in a college or an accredited vocational school that is a participant in the Federal Work-Study Program.
  • You must demonstrate financial need. This is calculated based on family’s household size, parents’ income and assets for dependent students, student’s assets for independent students, and number of dependent family members enrolled in post secondary programs.
  • Only students who complete and submit the FAFSA or Free Application for Federal Student Aid are eligible to apply.

Important Things To Know About Work Study Programs

If you are interested in earning money through a work study program, you must find out if the college you are applying to is a participant in the program.

There is a limit to the number of hours you can work every week. You cannot earn an income that is more than the total Federal Work-Study that is awarded to you.

Your class schedule and your academic progress are two factors that your school’s financial aid office or your employer will use to determine how many hours of work to assign to you.

To continue working through this program, you must maintain satisfactory academic progress that shows that you are capable of juggling work and school work successfully.

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