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Federal Work Study

Federal Work-Study is a federally funded program that was established by Congress under the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964; and since 1968, it has been under the authority of the Higher Education Act. The purpose of the Federal Work-Study Program is to expand part-time employment opportunities for students who are in need of earnings from such employment in order to pursue a course of study at an institution of higher learning.

The Federal Work-Study Program at Salisbury University is designed to meet the needs of both the students and the institution by providing part-time employment in various departments and areas on campus and off campus.

There are a variety of jobs available through the work study program, such as: clerical, research, recreational and facilities. SU is required to utilize a percentage of its work study funding in community service positions as well as tutors for children of preschool and/or elementary age with a family literacy program.

Many students will be working in jobs directly related to their educational goals. Others will be working in jobs that will have indirect benefits in any profession that they may pursue. The program allows most students to work 10 hours per week. Work study students are required to have their bi-weekly earnings delivered to them by means of direct deposit into their preferred bank account and is designed to help the student pay for other educational expenses; it is not applied to tuition, fees or bookstore charges.

In order to be considered eligible for the Federal Work-Study Program, students must first complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) available at Only students who demonstrate financial need will be considered for the work study program. Most students are placed in the program as incoming freshmen and remain in their assigned departments until graduation. Therefore, there are limited positions to fill each year.

If, after you after completed your FAFSA form and you feel your application demonstrates a financial need, you are encouraged to complete the Federal Work Study Questionnaire and submit to the Financial Aid Office. After the Work Study Coordinator receives and evaluates the questionnaire, you will be notified as to your eligibility and position availability. If you are eligible for the Work Study Program but all positions have been filled, you will be placed on a waitlist and be notified if there should be an opening.

Please be aware that if you are not eligible for the work study program, there is a Work Experience Program at SU that is not based on financial need. Jobs for this program are posted on the Career Services website at:

The Office of Career Services also offers a listing of part-time off campus jobs. To view this listing, go to: and click on Career Connections.

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