Federal Work Study

This federally funded financial aid program enables students to earn money toward college expenses by working on campus. Students may work up to 20 hours a week while classes are in session. The rate of pay is based on the minimum wage. The money earned must be spent on educational expenses associated with your cost of attending school. Federal work study positions are available at UA Little Rock. Students work in offices, departments, and almost all areas of the campus. Some students work in positions as tutors assisting children in math or reading family literacy activities.


  • Program is awarded to students based on financial need.
  • Eligible students who meet the Financial Aid Priority Deadline are awarded first.
  • Students work on-campus and are paid as work is completed.
  • To apply, answer “yes” to Question 31 on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, “Are you interested in being considered for work-study?”
  • To request federal work study funds for the summer term, complete the UA Little Rock Summer Financial Aid Request, available in BOSS in the spring of each year.
  • Students are paid as university employees and must report time worked on an official university time sheet record.

Great opportunities are available to students who qualify for federal work study awards.

Check your BOSS account to verify if you have been offered federal work study. You must accept the offer to move forward in securing a job.