Federal Work-Study

Federal Work-Study is a need-based program designed to create part-time employment opportunities for eligible students.

Work-study funding is awarded as part of a student's financial aid package. Students search and apply for work-study positions and if hired, earn up to the amount offered for the year through bi-weekly paychecks based on the hours they work.

Information for Students

  • Federal Work-Study funds are awarded based upon students indicating they are interested in the program via their Drexel portal. Students must accept the award in DrexelOne to use the funding.
  • Work-study funding is available to full-time undergraduate students, as well as graduate, law, and medical students. Students must be at least half-time.
  • Any students who did not receive work-study funding in their initial financial aid award package, but may be eligible, are encouraged to contact Drexel Central to discuss eligibility.
  • Students are encouraged to use their work-study funding as soon as possible. Financial Aid will check the status of work-study funding regularly. Students who are not utilizing their funding are in jeopardy of this award being canceled.
  • Work-study funding can only be earned during the federal fiscal year (July 1 – June 30).
  • Being awarded work-study funding does not guarantee students will be hired for employment. Students are responsible for searching and applying for positions.
  • If a student has been selected for federal verification, the process must be completed before the student can begin employment.
  • Students cannot work during times when they are scheduled to be in class.
  • Students cannot work more than 20 hours per week during class terms.
  • Students cannot be employed in a work-study position in terms during which they are on co-op.
  • Students cannot earn more in a fiscal year than the total amount awarded to them in their financial aid package.
  • Students cannot have more than one work-study position at one time, with the exception of students employed as on-campus tutors.

Applying for a Work-Study Position

The first step in applying for a work-study job is to review the list of available positions. When you find a position you are eligible to apply for, you should contact the individual listed in the posting to set up an interview.

Work-study supervisors will make the final determination regarding the hiring of students. If you are offered a position, you will need to do the following:

  • If you have not previously worked at Drexel or not worked here in the last three years, you will receive an email from Human Resources to complete new hire paperwork.
  • Follow the procedures of the department where you are working to submit your hours in order to receive a paycheck.
  • Monitor your work hours in DrexelOne to ensure you do not exceed your work-study award.

Information for Employers

Drexel faculty and staff can find information about posting positions, hiring students, and other administrative aspects of the work-study process on the Information for Work-Study Employers page.

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