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Work-Study Program

The Federal Work-Study Program provides part-time jobs for undergraduate and graduate students with financial need, allowing them to earn money to help pay education expenses. 

The work-study program encourages community service work and work related to the student’s course of study. Only FAFSA-eligible students can be considered for and benefit from this type of financial aid program.

Students are considered for the Federal Work-Study Program when they submit the FAFSA. Funds are limited, so students should submit their applications early. Decisions are based on three considerations:

  • The date FAFSA was submitted
  • The student’s level of financial need
  • The school's funding level

Work-study jobs may relate to a student's course of study or involve community service. Jobs may be on- or off-campus. 

Both part-time and full-time students may be eligible for work-study jobs. Students earn at least federal minimum wage.

Learn more about the Federal Work-Study Program

Office of College and Career Success

School Counseling and Postsecondary Advising


773-553-3543 (Fax)

42 W. Madison St.
Chicago, IL 60602