Federal Work-Study

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Federal Work-Study Program

This federally funded financial aid program enables students to earn money toward college expenses by working on campus. Students may work up to twenty hours a week while classes are in session. Students are paid twice per month on the 15 and 30/31. 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.

    • Awarded to students with financial need.
    • Students work on-campus and are paid as work is completed.
  • Funds are limited and most commonly awarded to first qualified students.


This program is awarded based on financial need.  Eligible students who meet the Financial Aid Priority Deadline are awarded first.  As students decline offered awards or choose not to work, available funds are reallocated to other interested students.


To apply for federal work study funds for the fall and/or spring semesters, 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.