Work Study

Federal Work Study is a need-based program. It allows eligible undergraduate, graduate, and professional students to earn part of their educational expenses by working part time. Recipients can be full-time students or part-time.

The program awards UT students an average of $3,000 per year.  The exact amount you receive is determined by your award amount and how many hours you work. You’re not allowed to work more than 20 hours per week during regular class sessions.

The program encourages community service work and work related to your course of study, whenever possible.

You earn at least the current federal minimum wage. However, you may earn more depending on the type of work you do and the skills required for the position.

Your total work-study award depends on:

  • When you apply
  • Your level of financial need and
  • Your school’s funding level

How to Apply and Accept Work Study

You apply on the same form you complete for federal financial aid, the FAFSA. Answer yes to the question asking if you’re interested in student employment.

Funds are limited and available on a first come, first served basis so submitting your FAFSA before the priority deadline gives you the best chance of receiving an award.

If you receive Federal Work Study, you must accept it in MyUTK. Then take your Social Security Card and UT ID to One Stop. A counselor will set up an appointment for you to see someone in Financial Aid about work study opportunities.

How You’re Paid

You’re paid bi-weekly, and the funds are deposited directly into your bank account. If you don’t have a bank account, your paycheck will be mailed to your home address.

How to Keep Your Work Study

Find out about the requirements you need to meet to keep receiving your work study.