Work part-time and help pay for your education
Work Study is a great way to help pay for your education while gaining invaluable experience by working part-time. By participating in the Work Study Program you will learn work skills that are transferable to future career paths.
Work study eligibility
To be eligible for Work Study, you must demonstrate financial need. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be received by the priority filing date. If you have financial need and haven’t been awarded Work Study you can talk to a financial aid counselor to see if you are eligible for Work Study.
Come to Office of Financial Aid in MAT 206 to pick up a Work Study Award Verification Form. This form will show the amount of the award and the period of employment.
You must reapply for all financial aid programs, including Work Study, each year by completing the FAFSA.
Find a Job
Work on-campus or off-campus during your time at UW.
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Contact the individual employers to apply for a job. You will need a Work Study Award Verification Form from the Work Study Office which verifies your eligibility. Bothell and Tacoma students can pick up a Work Study Award Verification Form from the Financial Aid offices at their campus.
Your employer will complete and return this form to the Work Study Office when you have been hired. The original must be returned to the Work Study Office so that we have a record of you being hired. It is very important that this form is returned to us before you start working. For students who worked full-time in the summer and wish to continue in autumn quarter, a new Award Verification form will be required.
Please keep in mind that Work Study is only one type of job. There are non-Work Study positions on-campus and other part-time employment jobs off-campus. Handshake is the UW’s online job and internship database.
How does work study work?
In a work study program, the employer pays only 20-50 percent of your wages; the rest is subsidized by federal or state funds. You can, therefore, find jobs and may be able to keep your loan debt down by earning part of your needed funds so that you can borrow less. Jobs may be located on or off-campus with government agencies, non-profit organizations or private corporations. Many offer career-related and/or community service experience.
You may work up to 19 hours per week, and pay rates are the same as for comparable, non-work-study jobs. No job pays less than the prevailing minimum wage.
Review additional work study information, such as loss of eligibility and student rights and responsibilities.