Federal Work Study Program

This program provides eligible students with the opportunity to work on campus and earn funds to help pay for their educational costs and other expenses.



To be considered for the Federal Work Study program, you must first complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Eligibility is based on financial need and other factors. For information on how to complete the FAFSA, visit our helpful webpages here: Applying for Aid & Eligibility, Appointments & Videos.


How does it work?

As a Federal Work Study participant, you can earn up to the amount indicated on your award notification, but are not guaranteed the hours to earn the full amount. Hours worked may depend upon the department's needs and your availability. You will be paid biweekly for the hours that you actually work, and the minimum enrollment requirement is one credit hour per semester.


  • Flexible scheduling to accommodate your class schedule
  • Many work-study jobs are located right on campus, making it easy to get to work
  • Hourly compensation averages $13 / hour as of May, 2023. 
  • Opportunity to gain experience in your field of interest and develop valuable skills
  • Potential to earn funds to help pay for your living and educational costs
  • Variety of job opportunities available in various departments on campus


How to apply?

If you have been awarded Federal Work Study and want to apply for a job, you can obtain and complete a work-study application from the Financial Aid Office in E101, or by using the Contact Us information below. If you do not have a Federal Work Study award, you may contact the Financial Aid Office to discuss if you may be eligible to receive an award by submitting a Request for Federal Work Study form. It's important to note that a job is not guaranteed, and you may not earn your entire award.


Departmental Job Descriptions

To help you find a job that suits your skills and interests, we provide job descriptions for available positions in various departments on campus. Please click on the links below to view the PDFs:


Academic Support - Elementary & Jr. High Tutoring

Athletics Department

CTE Shop/Automotive

Fine Arts

Financial Aid

Help Desk/IT

Human Resources


Student Services - Advising

Student Services - Recruiting

Student Services - Student Life

TRIO Student Support Services

Tutoring Student Worker


Contact Us

If you have any questions or need more information about the Federal Work Study program, please contact the Financial Aid Office at 309.341.5283 or Tracy Engstrom at 309.341.5246, or email tengstrom@sandburg.edu.

We hope this information helps you understand the Federal Work Study program and the opportunities it provides for students to work and earn funds for their education. Please remember to complete the FAFSA to determine your eligibility for the program.