Office ofFinancial Aid

Understanding Work Study

Work Study is a need-based financial aid program that assists students by providing an opportunity to work part-time while going to school. Under the program, the employer pays a percentage of the student's wages, and the remainder is subsidized by federal or state funds.  Work study awards are not included in your financial aid award when calculating the owing balance on your university bill, since employment is not guaranteed, hours worked and wage rates will vary, and pay checks are paid directly to the student and spent at their discretion.  

Two types of Work Study

  1. Federal Work Study - The Federal Work Study program provides on-campus 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. On campus employment requires the student to be at least 18 years of age.
  2. State Work Study - In addition to the Federal Work Study program, Washington also provides a Work Study program in which students can work for an off campus employer part-time while going to school.