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Federal Work-Study

Federal Work-Study is a need-based program designed to create part-time employment opportunities for eligible students.

Work-study funding is awarded as part of a student's financial aid package. Students search and apply for work-study positions and if hired, earn up to the amount offered for the year through bi-weekly paychecks based on the hours they work.

Information for Students

  • Federal Work-Study funds are awarded based upon students indicating they are interested in the program on their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and have an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) that meet the University's established awarding policy. Students must accept the award in DrexelOne to use the funding.
  • Work-study funding is only available to full-time undergraduate students in an on-campus program, as well as some graduate, law, and medical students. Funding is not available to online or part-time undergraduate students.
  • Any students who did not receive work-study funding in their initial financial aid award package, but may be eligible, are encouraged to contact Drexel Central to discuss eligibility.
  • Students are encouraged to use their work-study funding as soon as possible. Financial Aid will check the status of work-study funding regularly. Students who are not utilizing their funding are in jeopardy of having this award will be canceled.
  • Work-study funding can only be earned during the federal fiscal year (July 1 – June 30).
  • Being awarded work-study funding does not guarantee students will be hired for employment. Students are responsible for searching and applying for positions.
  • If a student has been selected for federal verification, the process must be completed before the student can begin employment.
  • Students cannot work during times when they are scheduled to be in class.
  • Students cannot work more than 20 hours per week during class terms.
  • Students cannot be employed in a work-study position in terms during which they are on co-op.
  • Students cannot earn more in a fiscal year than the total amount awarded to them in their financial aid package.
  • Students cannot have more than one work-study position at one time, with the exception of students employed as tutors.

Applying for a Work-Study Position

The first step in applying for a work-study job is to review the list of available positions on the Federal Work-Study Positions page. When you find a position you are eligible to apply for, you should contact the individual listed in the posting to set up an interview.

Work-study supervisors will make the final determination regarding the hiring of students. If you are offered a position, you will need to do the following:

  • If you have not previously worked at Drexel, complete the New Hire packet and bring it, along with proper identification, to the Human Resources Department, located at 3201 Arch Street, Suite 430.
  • Follow the procedures of the department where you are working to submit your hours in order to receive a paycheck.
  • Monitor your work hours in DrexelOne to ensure you do not exceed your work-study award.

Information for Employers

Drexel faculty and staff can find information about posting positions, hiring students, and other administrative aspects of the work-study process on the Information for Work-Study Employers page.