Work-Study Jobs

Work-study is a financial aid program funded by either the federal government or the state of Texas and is offered to students based on their financial need. To apply, a student completes the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students who are offered work-study receive the funds by working in a part-time job and being paid semi-weekly. Students apply for work-study funded jobs using their Handshake account.

Frequently Asked Questions About Work Study


What is Federal Work-Study?

What is Federal Work-Study?

If you have applied for financial aid you may be offered a Federal Work-Study (FWS) award through the Office of Financial Aid. The application for FWS is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students offered FWS have the opportunity to apply for student employment positions that are subsidized by the federal government. You must be enrolled as at least a half-time student (six hours for undergraduate students and five hours for graduate students) to receive this funding. Being offered FWS does not guarantee you a job. However, students who have been offered FWS have the opportunity to see a larger number of student employment jobs than do students who have not been offered work-study.

Are work-study jobs on or off-campus?

Are work-study jobs on or off-campus?

Most on-campus departments can hire work-study students. Additionally, off-campus and Community Service Federal Work-Study (CSFWS) positions are available in non-profit and government agencies. You can apply for these positions in Handshake

Do I receive my work-study award as a lump sum?

Do I receive my work-study award as a lump sum?

Federal work-study awards are not disbursed to you in a lump sum. You will receive semi-monthly paychecks based on the hours you have worked. You must earn the awarded money to receive it.

How many hours can I work per week?

How many hours can I work per week?

The Quantity of Work Rule (Administrative Policies & Procedures Manual D2.200.0) for student employees states, "A student's combined employment and semester hours may not exceed forty (40) hours per week."

Can I have more than one job?

Can I have more than one job?

You can only have one-work-study job. You are allowed to have a work-study job and a non-work-study job as long as the combined work hours follow the Quantity of Work Rule – class hours plus work hours must be less than or equal to 40.

How much will I get paid?

How much will I get paid?

The hourly rate of pay and work schedule is determined by the hiring department. You cannot exceed your work-study funds.

When do I get paid?

When do I get paid?

You should be paid on the 1st and 15th day of each month.  If you are on direct deposit, please check with your bank before making withdrawals. If you do not have direct deposit, you can pick up your check at Payroll Services, room AD 2.224 after 8:30am on the 1st and 15th of each month.  If the 1st or 15th day falls on a Saturday, paychecks will be available on Friday.  If the 1st or 15th day falls on a Sunday, paychecks will be available on Monday, unless that Monday is a holiday.  In that case, paychecks will be available on Tuesday.

Are my wages taxed?

Are my wages taxed?

All earnings are taxable. You may not make enough to file. If you do file you must include your work-study wages.

What kind of fringe benefits do I receive?

What kind of fringe benefits do I receive?

You are NOT eligible for fringe benefits such as insurance or paid: lunch, holidays, sick leave, vacation, or time off for inclement weather.

What happens when my work-study award is depleted??

What happens when my work-study award is depleted?

If you have earned the entire award before the end date of your assignment, the work-study job ends and you are removed from payroll. If you work on-campus, you may be hired as a part-time on-campus student worker. This is at the discretion of the employer.