Federal Work-Study

Federal 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. However, Federal Work-Study is not a traditional financial aid “grant,” and earnings are not applied to tuition. Instead, students are personally paid for hours worked in an eligible Work-Study position, as the program is intended for students to use their 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. Ultimately, the pay from a Work-Study position is the student’s responsibility once earned. There is no obligation to the Federal government or the university.

Work-Study students in a Work-Study job should consult Getting Paid for more information regarding payment and taxes.

Recipients of Work-Study awards have access to additional part-time job opportunities while attending Boston University.