Federal Work-Study Program (redirect to federal website)

Program Purpose

The Federal Work-Study Program provides jobs for undergraduate and graduate students with financial need, allowing them to earn money to help pay education expenses. The program encourages community service work and work related to the course of study.

Eligibility Requirements

  • have financial need;
  • have a high school diploma or a General Education Development (GED) Certificate, pass a test approved by the U.S. Department of Education, or meet other standards your state establishes that are approved by the U.S. Department of Education (See the financial aid administrator at the college or university for more information);
  • be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a regular student working toward a degree or certificate in an eligible program (students may not receive aid for correspondence or telecommunications courses unless they are part of an associate's, bachelor's, or graduate degree program);
  • be a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen;
  • have a valid Social Security Number;
  • make satisfactory academic progress;
  • sign a statement on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) certifying that federal student aid will only be used for educational purposes;
  • sign a statement on the FAFSA certifying that the student is not in default on a federal student loan and that the student does not owe money back on a federal student grant; and
  • register with the Selective Service, if required (If you are a male 18 through 25 years of age and you have not yet registered with Selective Service, you can give Selective Service permission to register you by checking a box on the FAFSA. You can also register at www.sss.gov).

Eligible Institutions

  • Both in-state (Texas) and out-of-state colleges or universities may participate in the program if they have a Program Participation Agreement with the Department of Education to participate in the Federal Work-study program.
  • Public, private and some career colleges or universities may participate in the program if they have an agreement with the Department of Education.

Award Amount

How much aid you receive depends on such factors as your financial need, on the amount of other aid you receive, and on the availability of funds at your school.

Application Process

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The financial aid office at the college or university the student applied to will notify the student if he/she is eligible.

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