Students are back on campus, but not all their time is spent in class. Many are working jobs to help pay for college, often as part of a work study program. This is a form of financial aid that pays students for working part-time in either a community service setting or in a job related to their field of study. Sometimes the jobs are on campus, and sometimes they’re out in the community. This kind of aid not only helps the participating student cover their college expenses, they also can gain valuable experience in their field, which can help them when they officially join the workforce.
While some work study programs are offered by individual schools, there are also 3,400 institutions participating in the federal work study program. Anyone eligible for the federal program, however, must show a financial need. If you’re interested in learning more about work study opportunities, talk to your guidance counselor or financial aid officer.