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Federal Work Study

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If you received notice after completing your FAFSA that you are eligible for federal work-study, there are several things you need to know. Through a work-study program, you pay your tuition through the hours you work and wages you earn. A work-study job can be either on or off-campus with eligible employers. However, this award is not guaranteed.

The amount shown on your award is the potential amount you may earn if hired. It is up to you to apply for a work-study job and be hired for that job. Once hired, your wages do not credit to your account. Your wages are paid directly to you in a paycheck.

To be eligible for federal work-study you must:

  • Complete a FAFSA
  • Be financially eligible for work study (as determined by your FAFSA)
  • Be enrolled for at least six credit hours per semester
  • Maintain at least a 2.0 GPA
  • Work a maximum of 20 hours per week

Visit NIU's Human Resource Services to learn more about student employment and to get the most recent list of work-study job openings. You may also want to talk to your adviser to see if work-study is right for you.