Are You Eligible for Work-Study?

The Federal Work Study Program provides undergraduate, graduate, and professional students with financial assistance to help them earn money while attending school. The program helps to fund part-time employment to college students enrolled in classes either part-time or full-time. Students are able to work on or off campus.

 How do you qualify for the Work Study Program?

  • To qualify for the Work Study Program, a student must show financial need, ffinancial need for the Work Study Program is determined by MSU using the Free Application for Financial Student Aid (FAFSA ) Form.
  • The FAFSA form tells MSU a student’s Estimated Family Contribution (EFC). EFC is based on the amount the student and family can be expected to pay for college expenses.
  • MSU will subtract the EFC from the Cost of Attendance, which is then used to calculate the student’s financial need.
  • If students are determined to be eligible for the Work Study Program by MSU, an award letter is sent to the student that indicates how much MSU is offering  in funds.
  • If a student qualifies for work-study, the financial aid award notice will list:
    • FED College Work Study

How are students paid in the Work Study Program?

  • The Work Study Program is intended to be an incentive for employers so the Federal Government pays 50% and the employer pays 50% of the students’ earnings.
  • Students may use the money they earn in the Work Study Program for school costs or any other expenses.  If students want to use earnings to pay for MSU expenses, payments must be made to the Cashier's Office.
For more information on MSU’s Work Study Program visit here.