What is work-study?
The Federal Work-Study Program provides university students with part-time jobs to work to help supplement their income while they’re students. For students that benefit from more financial support, having work-study can set them up for success in college.
What are the best work-study jobs?
The best work-study jobs allow students to maintain flexibility for studying and extracurricular activities while also fostering a sense of responsibility and schedule organization.
Six best work-study jobs for students:
- Resident/Community Assistants
- Campus Ambassador
- Teaching Assistant
- Research Assistant
- Library Attendant
How much do work-study jobs pay/pay an hour?
Most work-study roles pay at least your state minimum wage! Depending on the position and the tasks, you might be paid more.
How do I know if I’m eligible for work-study?
To figure out if you qualify for work-study, you first need to submit an application to FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). After your application is processed, you will find out if you’re eligible for work-study.
How to find work-study jobs?
After you get approved for work-study at your individual college, you should get access to a job listing page with qualifying openings. Check your school’s on-campus job listing page and read the job description to see if that certain job works for your situation.
What should I do for work-study?
When deciding what to do for work-study, consider the type of job that would work for your schedule. For example, if you live in the residence halls it might be convenient for you to be a resident assistant or work on campus. If you commute to school, maybe consider a work-study job that allows remote work or another location to work at. Most work-study jobs are located on campus, so consider if that is a pro or con for you.
Consider the following questions when looking for a work-study job:
- Do I want an on-campus job?
- Do I want my work-study job to set me up for a more serious job later?
- How many hours a week can I commit to work-study?
How to balance work-study with school?
Five tips for balancing work-study and school:
- Try not to procrastinate–do your projects in advance with time to spare
- Communicate to your boss if you have tests or presentations in advance so you can take time off or get your shifts switched with someone else
- Try and seek out a work-study job that relates to a passion of yours
- Dedicate time for mental health and personal wellness–without the pressures of school and work
- Build a positive network of friends and colleagues to help you study and share struggles of being a college student
What jobs are work-study?
Depending on your individual university, there are many various types of jobs that are work-study. Check with your school’s job listing page or speak with career services about your options.
How many hours does a work-study job require?
Work-study jobs typically do not make students work more than 20 hours a week.
How do I get a work-study job?
Once you’ve applied and been cleared for work-study, check with your university job listing page and begin applying to work-study jobs that pique your interest.