Work-study is a financial aid award that allows you to work on campus and earn a regular paycheck.
If you receive a work-study award, you’ll use Handshake to find and apply for a job. Once hired, you’ll work to earn bi-weekly paychecks. Work-study is optional, not a requirement: you don’t have to pursue employment, employment is not guaranteed, and there’s no penalty for declining this part of your award package.
Work-study is based on financial need as determined by FAFSA. Funds are awarded as part of your financial aid package. You’ll need to meet the following criteria to be considered for work-study:
- Answer “Yes” to the FAFSA Question: “Are you interested in being considered for work-study?”
- Submit the FAFSA by the February 15 priority date
- Enroll at least half-time (minimum of 6 undergraduate credits)
- Have demonstrated financial need as determined by the FAFSA
Work-study funding is limited, learn about work-study rules and limitations.
Benefits of Work-Study
There are a lot of benefits to work-study.
- Your job is convenient – it’s easier to get to work on campus between classes.
- You’ll gain valuable work experience and build your resume with professional experience.
- FICA tax is not deducted from your earnings, so you’ll have more take home pay than a comparable off-campus wage.
- Campus employers make your education a priority and design work schedules around classes.
- Work-study earnings are deducted from your income on next year’s FAFSA, so you could be eligible for more aid.
Find a Work-Study Job
- You can apply your work-study award to any student job—log onto Handshake to review all current student job listings.
- Start looking for on-campus employment as soon as you receive your work-study award. Many departments complete initial hiring by mid-August and other student jobs will continue to be posted throughout the year.
- If you have not found a student position by September 30, your work-study award will be canceled. If you find a job later and want to use work-study funds, contact the Financial Aid Office to ask about award reinstatement. Reinstatement depends on available funding.
- The Career Center can assist you with the job search process including using BroncoJobs, resume and cover letter assistance, and tips for improving your interviewing skills.
How Do I Get My Work-Study Funding?
You’ll receive funding once you start working and earning bi-weekly paychecks. The award amount offered to you represents the maximum amount you are eligible to earn in a work-study position.
- You must find a job and apply through BroncoJobs. Once hired, you work to earn bi-weekly paychecks. The award amount offered to you represents the maximum amount you are eligible to earn in a work-study position.
- Work-study funding does not disburse to your student account to pay your fees
- You will earn a paycheck every two weeks.
- You may earn wages up to the amount offered in work-study funding. After that, you may discontinue working or your employer may choose to pay them from a different funding source.
- Paycheck amounts vary based on the wage offered by your employer and number of hours you work.
- You need to be enrolled in a minimum of 6 credits each term to continue working in a work-study position.
- Unused funds can’t be carried over to the next academic year.
Work-Study Rules and Limitations
- Work-study funding is only available if you have received a work-study award.
- Work-study jobs are limited to no more than 20 hours per week during school. However, you can work up to 9 additional hours so long as the additional wages come from departmental funds.
- Declining your work-study award could make you more eligible for loans. Likewise, canceling subsidized loans may make you eligible for work-study funds. Contact us to discuss your options.
- You are not eligible to work during regularly scheduled class hours.
- View Financial Aid Dates and Deadlines for information about when you can begin working each year.