Get Paid for Federal Work-Study

Undergraduate work-study students will typically earn $12.00/hour and graduate work-study students will typically earn $14.00/hour. Some positions, however, may offer a higher wage. Nittany Lions Read/Nittany Lions Count and Community Service work-study students will earn $14.00/hour.

Although a form of student aid, Federal Work-Study earnings are not applied as credit on your tuition bill. All wages earned are directly deposited into your checking or savings account every two weeks according to Penn State’s Bi-Weekly Pay Schedule.

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."

Submitting falsified time sheets is considered fraud against the University and the federal government; legal action may be taken against you. Federal regulation 34 CFR 668.16(g) requires the University to report to the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Inspector General if a school has credible information that a student may have committed fraud or other criminal misconduct in connection with his or her application or eligibility for federal student aid.