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Work-study and student employment

Information on student employment at the University of Minnesota is available on the University’s Office of Human Resources website:

Work-study awards

Work-study awards are a form of financial aid that is available to undergraduate and graduate students with financial need. You must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered for a work-study award. Work-study awards are included in your Financial Aid Award Notice.

Note: Work-study is not guaranteed; you must first apply for a position, be offered the position, and accept the position.

Work-study funds do not disburse automatically to your student account. You must obtain a work-study job at the University to receive work-study funds. You receive your work-study award through your work-study job in the form of a paycheck distributed every two weeks.

You may be awarded work-study if you:

  • Indicated an interest in work-study employment on your FAFSA
  • Qualify for need-based aid, which is determined by your FAFSA results
  • Are enrolled at least half-time

If you are a graduate or professional school students, you will be awarded work-study upon request if you have need-based eligibility and will be enrolled at least half-time. Any undergraduate, graduate, or professional school student who has been awarded work-study in prior years will continue to be awarded work-study as long as you meet necessary criteria.

If you are interested in a work-study position, but were not granted work-study on your Financial Aid Award Notice, contact One Stop Student Services.

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