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About Work-Study

The Federal Work-Study Program provides eligible students the opportunity to earn money for educational expenses. Work-Study funds do not apply directly to a student's bill. Students work and receive a paycheck for the hours they worked each pay period. 

A student's total earnings from Work-Study cannot exceed the amount awarded.

Students are responsible for obtaining employment to earn their Work-Study funds. Students are encouraged to inquire directly with any departments or facilities which they are interested in working at. If students should need assistance obtaining a Work-Study position, they can contact the SDSU Department of Labor Office at 605-688-6668.

Federal Work-Study employees will earn at least minimum wage however, wages will vary by the employer.

Eligibility Requirements

SDSU receives a limited amount of Federal Work-Study Funds each year. 

The average award amount for 2019-2020 is $2,000 for a fall/spring award and $1,000 for a fall only or spring only award.

In order to qualify, students must have unmet financial need. For the 2019-2020 school year a student must meet the following criteria to receive a Federal Work-Study Award:

  • Submit a completed FAFSA on or before the March 1, 2019 FAFSA priority date.
  • Have an Expected Family Contribution from the FAFSA of between 0 and 12000.
  • Request to receive Work-Study on the FAFSA.
  • Be attending at SDSU’s Main Campus in Brookings.
  • Continuing students must have received Work-Study in the prior school year.

Often, additional Work-Study funds become available during the school year, these may be awarded to students who have at least $4000 in unmet financial need and who request Work-Study by contacting the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships. The Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships maintains a Work-Study waiting list to track students who would like to receive Work-Study. To be placed on the waiting list, students should call the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships at 605-688-4695 to check eligibility. In awarding additional Work-Study funds, priority is given to students who have higher financial need and who have been offered a Work-Study eligible position.