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Full-Time Summer Work Study

Full-time Summer Work Study is awarded to continuing and returning UW students. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid must be received by the priority filing date. Eligibility for summer Work Study is based on financial need (i.e., students are ranked by expected family contribution).

Full-time Summer Work Study is awarded to students not attending classes in the summer who instead will be expected to work full-time to save as much as possible for the academic year. You must be a returning student and planning to enroll all three quarters of the coming year. Students awarded full-time summer work study who decide not to attend Fall Quarter are required to report this to the Work Study Office and will lose eligibility for summer work study.

Students who apply for Full-time Summer Work Study agree not to enroll in summer classes and to work full-time for the entire summer Work Study period (July 1 to the day before Fall Quarter begins). The expected earnings for this period are determined after you are hired in the job, and are based on the number of working days in the period x 8 hours/day x the pay rate. This amount will be shown on a revised financial aid award letter. If you earn more than we anticipated, your expected earnings will be revised to actual earnings after the end of the summer. Your expected contribution from earnings (see below) may also change. Part of your Summer Work Study will pay for job-related costs, such as transportation. A standardized allowance for these costs will be determined by the Office of Student Financial Aid and is approximately $1,400 for most students. Job-related costs include the following:

  1. Transportation

  2. Personal expenses (i.e., meals away from home, clothing, etc.)

  3. Taxes (including FICA or Social Security deductions).

Additional expenses incurred because of your summer Work Study job, which are not included in the categories above, will be considered on an individual basis. These may include expenses such as child care, unusual transportation, union dues, or other direct job expenses. You must specifically request consideration of and list these expenses.

The total amount allowed for job-related costs will be shown on your award letter.

Your contribution (savings) from summer Work Study earnings will be based on your total expected earnings. The minimum amount which must be saved is the difference between total expected earnings and job-related costs.

If you are unable to earn your expected summer income due to illness or other reasons beyond your control, you may request a reduction of your expected earnings by submitting a request to the Office of Student Financial Aid specifying the reason you were unable to work, the dates involved, and the amount of "lost" wages. This may reduce the amount you are expected to save for the academic year. However, no aid can be awarded during the academic year to help meet your summer expenses. If you decide not to work part of the summer (for example, because of vacation time), you will not be awarded extra aid in the academic year to make up for lost summer income.

Full-time Summer Work Study students do not take classes during Summer Quarter. If you are required to take a class, you should request consideration or an exception to this policy from the Work Study Office prior to the beginning of Summer Quarter. In a very few cases, exceptions may be made. Awards for students who enroll in a class without approval are subject to cancellation.

When you have received a Full-time Summer Work Study award letter, you go through the same referral and hiring procedures described for the academic year.