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Federal Work-Study

Federal Work-Study allows you to earn money to help cover non-billable educational expenses by working within your college or campus, University office, or at an off-campus, nonprofit organization. Positions are available at every Penn State campus.


To be eligible for Work-Study, you must:

Due to limited funding, not all students who are eligible will receive this award. If you are not awarded Work-Study, other employment opportunities are also available.

How to apply

To be considered for work-study, you must submit the FAFSA. If you are awarded work-study, it will appear on your Award Summary in LionPATH.

To apply for summer work-study (summer 2016 only), complete the "Summer Work-Study" application under the Financial menu on eLion between February 15 and April 1.

How to find a job

Work-study positions for summer 2016 can be found in eLion.

Beginning with the fall 2016 semester, work-study positions for all campuses can be found on the Penn State job search website.

When you are hired for a position, your employer will provide and ask you to fill out the required forms.

Plan your work schedule

Work-study participants may never work more than eight hours a day (20 hours/week during fall and spring semesters). If you are enrolled for fewer than six credits during the summer, you may work up to 40 hours/week.

To ensure optimal use of your award through the semester, plan your work schedule before you begin earning funds. For example, undergraduate work-study students earning $9.50/hour who have a $1,750 award and work 20 hours/week, will have approximately 9 weeks of funding.

Track your hours worked

You and your supervisor are responsible for keeping track of the number of hours you have worked and the amount of your award that is remaining.

If you have more than one work-study job, you must keep each employer informed of your total hours worked so you do not exceed your award amount. Submitting falsified time cards is considered fraud against the University and the federal government and legal action may be taken against the employee or employer.

Both you and your supervisor will receive a warning email when your remaining funds drop to $250 for undergraduate students and $300 for graduate students.

How you will be paid

Beginning fall 2014, undergraduate work-study students earn $9.50/hour. America Reads students, PHEAA Off-Campus Community Service Work-Study students, and graduate work-study students earn $11/hour.

Wages are direct-deposited into your checking or savings account every two weeks.

Earnings are not applied as credit on your tuition bill. Wages earned through work-study are reported as "Earned Income" on the FAFSA for the subsequent year and may be deducted as "Title IV exclusions."

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