Federal Work-Study

icon of person with clockThe Federal Work-Study Program is a way to earn money to help pay for your educational expenses. It is a part-time employment program for undergraduate and graduate students and is need-based.

How to Apply

  1. You must complete the FAFSA and indicate on the FAFSA that you are interested in the work-study program to be considered for funding. Funding is limited so submit your FAFSA as early as possible to increase your chances of receiving work-study funding (the FAFSA opens October 1 for the following academic year).
  2. Apply for an on-campus job (select the “student employee” filter) and be hired. As a work-study recipient, your application to UAA departments will gain more attention because the federal government will pay your wages, saving the department funds.

Note: What you earn as a work-study student employee will not be disbursed to your student account to cover tuition/fee charges. As you work and earn wages, you will be paid through a process that you’ll set up with Human Resources.

icon of black circle with exclamation markYou do not have to be eligible for Federal Work-Study funding in order to work on campus as a student employee.


Working On Campus


Working as a student employee on campus has many advantages:

  • Convenient location to classes
  • Earn relevant career experience by matching your degree program with an on-campus student job
    • Interested in communications and graphic design? Apply for a job in
    • Thinking about working in IT? Apply for a job on the IT Customer Support team.
    • Want to learn some management and leadership skills? Apply for a job in Residence Advisor in Residence Life.
  • UAA departments and supervisors are invested in your academic success:
    • As a student employee, you work no more than 20 hours a week during the semester, so that you have time to focus on your academic studies.
    • Work hours that are flexible with your classes and the semester schedule.


To be eligible for student employment at UAA, you must be:

  • Registered in six or more UA credits.
  • Be scheduled to work no more than 20 hours a week during the semester as a UAA student employee.
  • International students should check with the International Student Advisor to confirm visa eligibility.

Need help?

The UAA Career Services team is available to help you find a job on campus, write your resume, prepare for an interview, and consider your career path.


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