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Work-Study / Frequently Asked Questions

The Basics

1. What is work-study?

Work-study is a need-based federal student aid program that gives you the opportunity to earn money through part-time employment. This program pays a portion of your wages, so this subsidy makes you very desirable to employers! For example, if a department pays you $14/hour, it costs their budget a net $7/hour. There are three advantages for the work-study student:

The subsidy makes you a highly sought-after employee.

Work-Study

Working part-time while in school is a great way to pay for some of your expenses and keep your student loan debt to a minimum.

The Federal Work-Study program at UC Berkeley creates job opportunities for you. Get the inside scoop from the pages below.

Work-Study Information for Students

Welcome to Work-Study!

As part of your financial aid package, work-study jobs provide an amazing opportunity to:

Earn part of your college costs rather than increase your loans.

Decline and reduce the loan amounts offered to you.

Remember that the less debt you graduate with, the more choices you'll have in life!

When you take full advantage of work-study opportunities, you will:

Gain valuable job skills and experiences.

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