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Federal Work Study is a federally funded financial aid program that provides funding for students to work qualifying part-time, typically on-campus jobs, while attending school to pay for college expenses. The salary for student works is shared between the federal government (75%) and the department (25%) hiring the student. Federal Work Study may be used to provide funding for students outside of the Graduate Assistantship program.


The following requirements apply to students involved in the Federal Work Study Program: 1

  1. Students must complete a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) to become eligible for work-study and demonstrate a financial need for the aid.
  2. Students awarded funding may work a maximum of 20 hours/week.
  3. Students awarded funding may make a maximum of $3000/year.
    1. Requests for an increase in funding will be considered by the financial aid office, after $3,000 has been earned and will be subject to availability of funds, work performance, and availability of the work. 
  4. Students must work a minimum of 60 hours in a semester. Students not working 60 hours in a semester will not be eligible for future Federal Work Study the next semester. Students not fulfilling the 60 hours minimum in two separate semesters will no longer be eligible for Federal Work Study. Separate semesters do not need to be sequential in order to apply to the exclusion for eligibility. Work hour minimums may be waived at the discretion of the Division of Student Success in cases of extenuating circumstances, as determined by the Division of Student Success.

UNMC is under no obligation to find placement for qualifying students.

Date Policy Adopted: 11/21/2013
Date Policy Revised: 4/20/2017
Date Reviewed by  
University General Counsel: 2/23/2017
Responsible Reviewer: Director Financial Aid,
Approved by: Education Council and Chief Student Affairs Officer
Approval Date: 4/20/2017
Reviewed: Every year