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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.

How to find a job

Work-study positions for all campuses are available 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, spring, and summer semesters). 

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

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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