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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.

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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 January 15.

Go to the FAFSA     FAFSA Help

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.

Apply for Jobs

After you accept your award, you may search and apply for jobs and build your online timesheet to report the hours you worked and submit them for approval.

Keep Your Work–Study

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

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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 work less than 30 hours per week, based on your award amount and class schedule.

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

You will earn $8.50/hour for on-campus positions and $11.50/hour for off-campus community services positions.

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 biweekly, and the funds are deposited directly into your bank account.