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Work Study Awards

Work-study awards are a form of financial aid which provides part-time jobs for students with financial need, allowing them to earn money to help pay education expenses. Students must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered for work-study awards.

Work-study begins the first day of classes and continues through the last day of exams during each Fall and Spring Semester. Winter and Summer employment is available on a limited basis; students can request a review to check eligibility at askSFS.

The minimum wage students will earn per hour is $8.25. However, actual wage rates will vary and are determined by the department with which you are employed. It is recommended that you do not work over 20 hours per week. At no time should a student work more than 8 hours per day or during scheduled class sessions.

Work-Study Benefits
  • The work-study program gives students an opportunity to earn money to help pay for educational expenses.
  • More job postings are available to work-study job-seekers. Employers receive a large subsidy when they hire work-study students, which means having work-study eligibility significantly increases a student's marketability as an employee.
  • The program offers opportunities to serve the community (including tutoring) and to work in areas related to a student's course of study.
  • Employers know employees are college students first and will always be flexible in scheduling work hours around class and study schedules.
  • Because it is a need-based financial aid program, work-study income, while taxable, does not affect future financial aid eligibility.
  • Work-study provides many valuable experiences. Future employers are generally impressed with students who have job experience and who have worked while attending school.
  • Jobs obtained through work-study create an atmosphere to practice communication, interpersonal relations, time management, and other workplace skills.
  • A work-study supervisor may become an excellent reference. Work-study jobs add a new dimension to student workers' career planning and distinguishes their backgrounds from peer job seekers.
  • Part-time employment through work-study enhances students' education and adds a new perspective to their studies. This will help to develop analytical and critical thinking skills.
How to Qualify for a Work-Study Award

Students may be awarded work-study if they:

  • are an undergraduate pursuing a first degree
  • qualify for need-based aid (determined by FAFSA results)
  • are enrolled at least half-time

Work-study awards will be reflected in a student's financial aid package. Financial aid awards can be reviewed by clicking "View Financial Aid Awards" in UDSIS.

A student who did not receive work-study funding in his initial financial aid award package may request an eligibility check. If the student has demonstrated financial need, he may be offered funding, if available, at that time.

Find a Work-Study Job

A work-study award is not a guarantee of a job; students must search and apply for positions. We encourage students in August to access Blue Hen Careers (powered by Handshake) and begin searching for work-study jobs that fit their qualifications. Students must have a valid resume loaded in Blue Hen Careers in order to apply for jobs.

Getting Hired

Students must clear a criminal background check in order to be hired by University of Delaware. The hiring department initiates the CBC, receives the results, and will communicate to the student when he is cleared to begin work.

Upon starting work, the department will guide students to complete the online onboarding process, and will collect the student's required documentation:

  • I-9 identification:
    • Passport OR
    • Driver's license AND social security card or birth certificate
  • Voided check or other account information documents from bank for enrollment in direct deposit

The CBC and documentation process steps are mandatory for the student to begin work.