To be eligible for Work-Study, you must:
- Be an undergraduate or graduate student
- Meet and maintain Federal and Penn State Financial Aid Eligibility Requirements
- Submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid ( )
- Complete the
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.
How to find a job
Work-study positions for all campuses are available on the Penn State job search .
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 will receive a warning email regarding the balance of your award when you have earned 50% or more of your award total.
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 you are close to exhausting your award.
How you will be paid
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."