Federal work-study is a student financial aid program for eligible undergraduate and graduate students with high financial need. Work-study allows you to earn money to cover a portion of your educational expenses by working on campus or for an off-campus, nonprofit organization. This is not an aid source that students can deduct from their bill; funds are earned as the student works.
All students who answer "yes" to the question "In addition to grants, are you interested in 'work-study'?" on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on the Web are considered for federal work-study for fall and spring semesters. (Federal Work-Study is a need-based aid program, so not all students who answer "yes" on the FAFSA receive a work-study award.)
Finding a Position:
If you are awarded federal work-study, it is your responsibility to find a position. For a current list of on campus work-study positions at Penn State Behrend, go to eLion and click on "Work-Study Job Search." There are also a number of off-campus work-study positions in the Erie area. Click here for a list.
Penn State Behrend also participates in America Reads, the opportunity for Federal Work-Study recipients to earn money reading to and tutoring preschool and elementary school children.
Students awarded Federal Work-Study will have their awards cancelled if they do not secure a job within the first few weeks of classes each semester. Students can place a "hold" on their Federal Work-Study awards on eLion if they need more time to find a position.