Federal Work-Study provides part-time 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 student’s course of study.
At Penn State, we offer three types of Work-Study:
Traditional Federal Work-Study - Federal Work-Study provides part-time 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 student's course of study.
Nittany Lions Read/Nittany Lions Count - A mentoring program designed to enhance early reading, math, and science skills of children from surrounding communities, while providing Penn State students the opportunity to give back to their community, gain work experience, and earn federal financial aid through Federal Work Study.
Community Service Work-Study - Penn State Federal Work-Study that encourages eligible Penn State students to participate in community service and service-learning experiences that benefit the community, promote social responsibility, and enhance their educational experiences.
Federal Work-Study Resource Center
Resources & Information for Students, Families, Staff, Faculty, and Administration
Things to consider:
- If you have been offered work study, you have an opportunity to gain work experience, build your resume, and network with professionals on-campus or within the surrounding communities
- Federal Work-Study positions may be on-campus, off-campus, or remote, at the discretion of the employer
- When applying for Federal Work Study positions you should clarify expectations with the potential employer regarding either on/off-campus/in person or remote work arrangements
- An offer of Federal Work Study does not guarantee a job position is available