Work Study


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Work study is a form of financial assistance that can assist in paying for postsecondary costs. Work-study is a federally and sometimes state-funded program that helps college students with financial need get part-time jobs.  Work study is a form of need-based aid. When students are awarded work study as a form of aid, they typically still need to find their own jobs.  Most colleges and universities have a Federal work study program and many have state work study programs, but not all do. The best way to know if a school offers a federal or state work study program is to call their financial aid office and inquire if they offer work study. To be eligible for consideration for a work study program, students must fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).



  • Work study won’t cover all college costs — students will likely need a combination of personal savings, scholarships, grants and student loans, too — but it’s beneficial for students who qualify.
  • EARN Indiana (Employment Aid Readiness Network) is the state’s work-study program. Students with financial need have access to resume-building, experiential, paid internships, while participating employers receive state matching funds—up to 50% of the student’s hourly wage. EARN Indiana partners with Indiana INTERNnet to better match students and employers and to assist employers in finding the perfect fit for their team.
  • Federal Work-Study provides part-time jobs for undergraduate and graduate students with financial need, allowing them to earn money to help pay education expenses. The program encourages community service work and work related to the student’s course of study.
  • Here’s a quick overview of Federal Work-Study:
    • It provides part-time employment while you are enrolled in school.
    • It’s available to undergraduate, graduate, and professional students with financial need.
    • It’s available to full-time or part-time students.
    • It’s administered by schools participating in the Federal Work-Study Program. Check with your school’s financial aid office to find out if your school participates.
  • Work experience at any level while in college is going to be a benefit, especially if it is related to a student’s course of study or degree program.
  • If a student is awarded work-study, he/she has to find a job that qualifies for the program. Many work-study gigs are on-campus and can include research assistantships, administrative duties in a campus office or working in the library. Other work-study jobs may be off-campus at nonprofit organizations or private companies. A portion of work-study positions are community-service jobs, including tutoring, child care and health care.
  • Many schools, through the financial aid office, have listings of employers eligible for the work study program.


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