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Federal Work-Study funding helps provide part-time jobs for students with financial need. Being awarded work-study funds allows you to apply for jobs that specifically have the work-study designation. If you are awarded work-study and secure a work-study job, you will be paid monthly for hours worked.
Students with work-study jobs are paid the same hourly rate as other student workers in the same position (wage rate will vary by position and employer). The primary difference is that work-study wages are paid primarily through federal funding rather than by the employer. As such, some employers may prefer or require work-study students to fill their student positions. However, many employers still hire students without work-study, so don't let not being awarded work-study deter you from still applying to student jobs!
If awarded, Federal Work-Study funds show up as part of your financial aid award. Go to your Financial Aid Portal to review your offer and accept the Work Study funding. You must be enrolled at least half-time to be eligible for a Work-Study job during the academic year. After accepting, the next step is to find a job.
How to Find a Federal College Work-Study Job at OSU
There are both on-campus and off-campus employers that may hire you as a Work-Study student.
You won’t find a listing of Work-Study only jobs here, as most of the job postings do not require you to have Work-Study funds to be hired. Let your prospective employer know that you have a Work-Study award so that you can be hired as a Work-Study student!
If you’ve never done a job search before, Career Services offers resources for students looking for jobs. They can help with cover letters, resume, etc.
Below is information about working, getting paid, and conditions for Federal Work-Study employment for Students and Employers that you should know.
Federal Work-Study for On-Campus Employers
Federal Work-Study for Off-Campus Employers
The Federal Work-Study Program OSU Off-Campus Employer Handbook provides information to new or returning Off-Campus Employers and details Federal Work-Study Program Requirements.