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Work Study Overview

Work Study is a great way to help pay for your undergraduate education while working part-time. The Federal Work Study and state sponsored Washington State Work Study Programs give you the opportunity to work part-time while going to school. To qualify for Work Study jobs you must demonstrate financial need and have a Work Study award as part of your overall financial aid award. If you have financial need and haven't been awarded Work Study you can talk to a financial aid counselor about being placed on the Work Study waiting list. Please keep in mind that Work Study is only one type of job on campus. There are non-work study positions on-campus and other part-time employment jobs off-campus too.

In a Work Study program, the employer pays only 20-50 percent of the student's wages; the rest is subsidized by federal or state funds. Work Study students can therefore find jobs and may be able to keep their loan debt down by earning part of their aid eligibility, rather than borrowing more loans. Jobs may be located on or off campus with government agencies, non-profit organizations or private corporations. Many offer career-related and/or community service experience. A student may work up to 19 hours per week and pay rates are the same as for comparable, non Work Study jobs. No job pays less than the prevailing minimum wage. In addition, the America Reads/America Counts program offers reading and math tutoring jobs in local elementary schools and family literacy programs.

Job Opportunities

  • To find a job:
    • Work/Study jobs are available for eligible students: call 206/685-1985, visit 520 Schmitz Hall, or click on Workstudy
    • Visit 520 Schmitz Hall for a handout with on-campus employment information. Office hours are Monday and Friday 9 am - 5 pm; Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday 11 am - 5 pm.
  • To develop effective job-seeking strategies and find suitable employment upon leaving UW: