Financial Aid

What is Federal Work Study?

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 each student’s course of study.

Who is eligible?

Eligibility is determined by the Federal Government and is based on financial need.

How do you apply?

To be considered for Work Study you must first submit a FAFSA form (remember to include PLU’s school code 003785). Upon receiving your FAFSA information from the federal government, PLU will compile an award letter. If you are awarded Federal Work Study, then you will be given additional information regarding Work Study opportunities.

How much will you make?

You’ll earn at least the current state minimum wage (currently $9.47/hr, $11.00 beginning January 1, 2017), but the amount could be higher depending on the type of work you do and the skills required. Your total Federal Work-Study award depends on your level of need and the number of hours available to work at the on campus employers at which you are applying for employment. Commissions or fees must not be paid to Federal Work Study students. The average amount earned in the work study program in 2015-16 was $2,343, while the largest amount earned was $8,575.