Federal Work-Study is one of the Campus-Based Aid Programs. This program provides University and community service jobs to Ohio University students who qualify. Work-Study awards are based on the results of your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Only students who have been awarded Federal Work-Study on their
OHIO Student Center
can view and select a Work-Study position.
How do I apply for Federal Work-Study?
Complete the FAFSA annually at
by Ohio University’s first-priority consideration date of January 15.
- Mark 'yes' to the question on the FAFSA that asks if you are interested in student employment.
- Federal Work-Study awards are determined at the time of financial aid awarding.
How do I select a Federal Work-Study position?
Athens campus students visit the
Financial Aid Online Services
- Select the appropriate academic year and select “Search Jobs” under the Work Study tab.
- Search for positions based on the department, job title, position keyword, or words in the job description. No interviews for Work-Study positions are required.
- After selecting a position, you must contact your employer to arrange your work schedule.
- Regional campus students visit the Student Services Office on your campus.
What should I do if I am not awarded Federal Work-Study?
Based on the number of students working during the year, there may be additional Work-Study funds that can be offered to students. In October, if you are interested in Work-Study and have filed your FAFSA, email
to be placed on the Work-Study waiting list.
You may be ineligible for Work-Study based on your FAFSA information. If so, we recommend pursuing
Student Hourly Employment
You can only participate in Federal Work-Study if it is awarded to you on your
OHIO Student Center.
- Pay rate is based on the Federal Minimum Wage or the State of Ohio Minimum Wage, whichever is greater.
- Students cannot hold both a Federal Work-Study position and a PACE position. Students cannot hold both a Federal Work-Study position and an RA position.
Students must be enrolled to earn Work-Study funds. For summer semester exceptions, email
- Positions available on Athens campus and all five regional campuses.
Participating Athens community service agencies offer Community Service Work-Study positions, including
Summer Service Corp. For more information, visit
- Student hours and work schedule will be determined by departmental supervisors based on need and availability.
Federal Work-Study Employers
To request a new Federal Work-Study position, review or edit your current position(s), and view your students roster, visit the
Financial Aid Online Services
website. Your student roster includes each students’ contact information, pay rate, earnings received, and remaining earnings eligibility. If you have questions about your position, please email
Please remember the following about employing Federal Work-Study students:
- Students may not earn more than the specified award amount in the Financial Aid Online Services website.
Federal Work-Study supervisors must complete required
paperwork with the hired student and enter them into
- Work-Study earnings in excess of the specified award amount will be transferred to the employing department’s account number.
Students are typically awarded to allow 10 hours a week of work. However, there is a university limit on hours worked. Student employees (without graduate appointments or F or J visas) will be permitted to work 25 hours per week during periods of enrollment, such as fall and spring semesters. The limit for summer semester, if a student is not enrolled, and all academic breaks will remain at 28 hours per week. Students with graduate appointments or F or J visas will be permitted to work 20 hours per week during periods of enrollment, such as fall and spring semesters.
- Students cannot be employed in both a Federal Work-Study and a PACE position at the same time. Students cannot be employed in both a Federal Work-Study and an RA position at the same time.
Students are not required to be enrolled during the summer semester to be employed in a Federal Work-Study position. Students must be awarded Work-Study and enrolled in spring semester to work the first part of the summer semester. Students must be awarded Work-Study and enrolled in fall semester to work the second part of the summer semester. To determine a student’s summer employment eligibility, email
- Federal Work-Study jobs should not replace a university employee. Due to the volume of job requests and the limited number of Work-Study awarded students, there is no guarantee that all positions will be filled.