Work-study is a federally funded program that helps college students with financial need to get part-time jobs. While this program won’t cover all of the costs for your college education, it can be extremely helpful for students who qualify.
Here’s what you need to know:
Students participating in the work-study program may be employed by:
Typically, you can only earn as much through work-study as your financial aid award letter indicates. For example, if your award letter allocated you $4,500 for work-study, you could work as many hours as it takes to reach that amount.
If you successfully qualify for work-study and it’s on your financial aid award letter, you can decline it if you change your mind. However, it’s usually a good idea to turn to grants and work-study programs before taking out loans.