Work-study is a federally subsidized hourly-wage job program. For example, if a department pays you $10 per hour, it costs their budget a net of $5 per hour because of the subsidy from the federal government. There are three advantages for the Work-Study student:
- The subsidy makes you a highly sought-after employee.
- Work-study earnings do not count against your aid eligibility when you fill out next year's Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
- Work-study gives you the opportunity to earn part of your college costs, rather than increase your loans. The less debt you graduate with, the more choices you'll have in life.
Who is eligible for a Work-Study job?
Students who receive financial aid from UC Berkeley and have Work-Study as part of their financial aid package.