Work-Study is a federal financial aid program administered by Boston University. It is designed to promote access to employment to help students meet educational expenses. Recipients of Work-Study awards have access to part-time job opportunities while attending Boston University.
The Impacts of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) on the Federal Work-Study Program at Boston University
In the spring of 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in the closing of University campuses and the moving from on campus to remote learning. Students employed in a work-study job in the spring 2020 semester were paid the remainder of their award (the “work-study pay-out”).
COVID-19 also resulted in the cancellation of the summer work-study program.
The Work-Study Program was reinstated for the 2020-2021 Academic Year, and work-study students are currently either working, or searching for employment opportunities. Students are permitted to work remotely and/or in-person, dependent upon the employing department’s needs, and University building capacity standards. Unfortunately, COVID-19 regulations have limited the availability of work-study job opportunities for the fall semester.
Regarding the possibility of students receiving the remaining balances of their work-study awards if campus moves to remote learning due to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19):
This decision is undetermined, and would be addressed if the University is required to close campuses and move to remote learning. The possibility of a “work-study pay-out” is dependent upon the Department of Education regulations.
Regarding the possibility of students being able to continue working in their work-study positions if classes are moved online due to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19):
This decision is also undetermined. Should the University move to remote learning again, we hope that students will be able to continue to work in their work-study jobs if their employing department deems it feasible. However, this decision would be made by Senior University Administrators.
Please continue to monitor your emails and BU’s Covid Information Website for updates.
If, for whatever reason, you decide not to work in the fall, you may defer your work study award until the spring semester.