Work-Study Earnings

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Undergraduate students are paid on an hours-worked basis, while graduate students may be paid on either an hours-worked or a monthly basis, depending on the job.

Your earnings will depend on your work schedule and your hourly pay rate. Hourly rates are set according to the complexity and responsibilities of the job and the skills and experience required.

Work-Study students are paid only for hours worked. Holidays, snow days, sick days, lunch, and break periods are unpaid.

Your Work-Study award amount can be found in the Work section of the Student Link, under Work-Study Information. You may earn only up to your award amount.

Please note that adjustments to your financial aid package may alter your award amount and thus affect your work status.

Monitor your Work-Study award balance in the Work section of the Student Link, under Work-Study Award Information, Employee Time Entry, or View Salary Statement.

Longevity Increases

Students who return to work in the same department or agency and who have maintained a satisfactory job performance receive the following hourly longevity increases.

  • 15 cents for each academic year semester
  • 10 cents for part-time summer employment (25 or fewer hours per week)
  • 20 cents for full-time summer employment (26 hours or more per week)

For students working the summer, longevity increases are effective the week following Commencement.

For students returning for the academic year, longevity increases are effective the opening week of school.

Spending Your Work-Study Earnings

Use your Work-Study earnings to pay for education-related expenses. These include tuition and fees, room and board, books, supplies, and necessary travel expenses. You may also want to save part of your earnings to apply toward the following semester’s expenses.