Work-study is a program that provides part-time employment opportunities for students who are enrolled in a college or university. The program is typically funded through federal or state government, and it allows students to earn money to help pay for their education expenses, such as tuition, books, and living expenses.
Under the work-study program, students work part-time jobs on or off campus, typically for a maximum of 20 hours per week. The jobs may be related to the student’s field of study or may be in other areas such as food service, custodial work, School Management System, or administrative tasks. Students are paid an hourly wage for their work, which is often at or above the minimum wage.
The work-study program is designed to provide students with valuable work experience, as well as to help them develop professional skills and a strong work ethic. It can also help students to build connections with potential employers and to gain a better understanding of the job market in their chosen field.
To be eligible for work-study, students must typically demonstrate financial need, as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The program is often competitive, and students are encouraged to apply early to maximize their chances of being awarded a work-study job.