What Is Work-Study?
Federal Work-Study provides part-time jobs for students with financial need. Money earned through this work can then be used toward tuition, room and board, books and other education costs. The program is available to undergraduate and graduate students who are taking at least six credits.
Most Work-Study jobs are located on campus, but you may also find off-campus opportunities. The program encourages community service work and work related to your course of study. Employers are approved by UAF’s financial aid office.
How does Work-Study work?
Unlike scholarships, grants and loans, a Work-Study award is earned through part-time employment. Half of the money you are paid comes from the Federal Work-Study program, and the other half comes from the university department.
Work-Study awards do not affect financial aid eligibility. While you will need to report your work-study earnings on the FAFSA, they won't count against you in the calculation that determines your financial aid award.
You are not permitted to work during times scheduled for classes, and you’ll need to report your time worked each pay period and maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) according to university policy.
How to Apply for Federal Work-Study
Like most financial aid, Work-Study awards are only guaranteed for the current school year, which means you'll have to fill out the FAFSA every year you attend college.
Step 1: Fill out the FAFSA
Federal Work-Study is available to students who show financial need and indicate interest in programs other than grants when filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Complete and submit the FAFSA at the Federal Student Aid website.
Step 2: Apply for a job
Go to the University of Alaska Human Resources website. Search for Student Employee Positions, select those you would like to apply for, and submit an application to the university. For most jobs, you will also be required to submit a resume and other documents.
Get hired to a position
For most positions, you will have to complete an interview. When you are hired for a university position, remember that this is a real job. It’s important to show up on time, notify your supervisor if you will be absent and fulfill your obligations.
Student employment FAQs
Find answers to questions about job requirements, types of student employment available, submitting timesheets and more.
Calculate your college tuition costs
Thinking about a Work-Study program to put money toward tuition? This calculator will help you determine your costs for tuition.