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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 or part-time students.

Apply for Work Study Annually

Your first step is to complete the FAFSA. UT’s federal school code is 003530. Answer yes to the question asking if you are interested in student employment. The priority deadline is February 15.

Go to the FAFSA

Accept Your Work Study

First, you need to accept your work study in MyUTK. Then review this information from the IRS and bring your documents to One Stop. A counselor will set up an appointment for you to see someone in Financial Aid about work study opportunities.

Keep Your Work Study

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

The program awards UT students an average of $3,000 per year. The exact amount you receive is determined by your remaining need and how many hours you work. Work study students are 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 will earn the current federal minimum wage.

Your total work-study award depends on:

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

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.

How You Are Paid

You are paid bi-weekly, and the funds are deposited directly into your bank account.

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