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 > Student Reports
- Select “FWS Authorization Form” from the report drop-down and click “View Report” (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 Summer Scholarship and Federal Work-Study Application
- Students must complete their FAFSA (2018-19), a continuing student Financial Aid Worksheet and submit parent's 2016 federal tax forms and W-2's
- Application and materials are due by March 31st
Please visit the Office of Student Employment to find a position that works with your strengths and availability.