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Frequently Asked Questions About Workstudy

For additional questions, contact the UWM Department of Financial Aid in
Mellencamp Hall room 162 / 414-229-4541

What is workstudy?

Eligibility for workstudy is determined by your level of financial need and the funding available. When applying for financial aid you can express your interest in being considered for workstudy funds. Workstudy allows you to earn money to help pay education expenses and is not counted as income on your financial aid eligibility in future years.  

Are workstudy jobs on-campus or off-campus?

Both. If you work on-campus, you'll work for UWM. If you work off-campus, your employer will usually be a private nonprofit organization or a public agency, and the work performed must be in the public interest.

Does receiving workstudy guarantee that I will have a job?

No. You must apply and interview as you would for any job. Many positions are filled for the academic year by the end of September so don't delay your job search.

What if I don't know if I have workstudy?

Speak with the UWM Department of Financial Aid in Mellencamp Hall room 162 / 414-229-4541.

Can I get a job on-campus if I don't have workstudy?

Yes. Some departments only hire students with workstudy, however, many on-campus jobs do not require you to have workstudy. Hiring students with workstudy is appealing to departments because they only have to pay about 25 cents for every dollar a student earns and the federal government pays the rest.