Federal Work-Study Eligibility and Non-Work-Study Eligibility
If you qualify for financial aid, you may be awarded Federal Work-Study. The wages for work study-eligible positions are subsidized by the government. As such, the income earned in these positions is considered financial aid, not income. If you are not eligible for the Federal Work-Study program, you will see “student employment” listed on your award letter. This designation means that you will need to find a job that does not require that you be Federal Work-Study eligible. The Office of Student Employment has postings for both Federal Work-Study and non-Work-Study positions, both on and off-campus. Students may only work a maximum of 20 hours a week during the academic year if employed through the Office of Student Employment.
If you are hired into a Federal Work-Study position, you must provide your employer with your Employment Authorization Form. This form is unique to you, details your Federal Work-Study award amount, and is required in order to be hired into a Federal Work-Study position. You can access your Employment Authorization form as follows:
- Log in to your MyUChicago student portal
- Click Finances > Financial Aid
- Select “FWS Employment Authorization” from the drop-down (make sure your pop-up blocker is disabled)
The form must be submitted to your employer before you can start working.
Summer Federal Work-Study
To determine eligibility for Summer Federal Work-Study:
- Complete the electronic 2021 Application for Summer Scholarship, Loans and Summer Federal Work-Study
- Complete the 2021-22 Free Application for Federal Student Aid at FAFSA.gov
- Students must complete their FAFSA (2021-22), a continuing student Financial Aid Worksheet and submit parent's 2019 federal tax forms and W-2's
- Application and materials are due by April 30th, 2021
Please visit the Office of Student Employment to find a position that works with your strengths and availability.
While The University of Chicago’s all-grant financial aid awards provide the opportunity for students to graduate without significant debt, we do expect students and families to help contribute toward the cost of the UChicago education. Students’ financial aid awards will contain self-help expectations in the form of Federal Work-Study eligibility and/or work expectations. These work expectations will help students to contribute towards, among other costs, their occasional personal expenses during the academic year.
With many jobs, internships and research positions available both on-campus and off-campus, students who choose to work can cover their personal expenses through these paychecks. Students can start their job search here.
Students may choose not to work. If additional funds are needed to meet expenses, these costs could be covered by the parent contribution, outside scholarships or small federal loans (as last option). If you have questions about your individual situation, please feel free to contact the Financial Aid Office.
As a guideline, the self-help expectations will increase throughout your years in the College. Current (2020-2021) amounts will not exceed: