Work-Study Earnings

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.


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.