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Can someone explain federal work study for me? Also can they elaborate on which universities offer this option.

I've heard the term mentioned briefly in passing and I wanted to understand what it means exactly and how this can benefit me. It would also be wonderful if someone could provide a list of universities that support federal work study or work study in general. #university #financial-aid #federal-work-study #work-study

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Paul’s Answer

Federal work study is only available as part of the financial aid package offered by the school. When you complete your FAFSA you have to indicate that you are interested in the program. It is basically a part-time job somewhere on campus. For example, when I was in school I worked in the school's post-office. The intent is that the money you earn from working can be applied towards your college expenses. Note that there aren't enough jobs for everyone who applies so it is very important to complete your FAFSA early.

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Darcel’s Answer

Federal work study typically applies to low income and first generation students. First look at the college you want to attend see if they have a federal work study program. Another way to look at federal work study is through financial aid. If you qualify for a financial aid you may or may not receive federal work-study. However their is an application process that looks into your parents finances.
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Sherri’s Answer

Hi, The Federal Workstudy program is based on need. Below is a link that will assist:


https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/types/work-study

I would check with your financial aid office to see if you meet eligibility requirements, we utilized our career services department to advertise any open positions under the federal workstudy program, check with your University to see how they post open positions.


Best Wishes,

Sherri

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Simeon’s Answer

Work study is aid the government provides to universities to pay students for on-campus jobs/work. Assuming the same hours and pay, work-study is way superior to working a normal job off-campus. You can get study time back if you work in a dorm lobby or a library. You can get lots of free food if you work at the cafeteria. I was able to do both and it was a big boon to both my undergraduate and graduate studies. It helped me connect the dots financially while living in college as well. Plus, you save yourself hours of time commuting to and from campus and don't have to deal with quite the same stress/pressure from having a real job off-campus. Most major universities that have financial aid also have some form of work-study available.
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