The Work-Study program is a need-based financial aid program funded by the federal government and Iowa State University. It is awarded to students based on need demonstrated on the FAFSA. Unlike grants and scholarships, Work-Study awards are earned and paid through the payroll process in the form of bi-weekly pay. Work-Study awards and amounts are subject to eligibility requirements and funding availability.
How it works
- Work-Study subsidizes eligible student jobs with federal and institutional funds. The employing departments pay 40% of the wages a Work-Study employee earns while Work-Study
pays the remaining 60%.
- Both the student and the employer benefit – the department pays only a portion of the earned wages and students can credit their Work-Study earnings as financial aid to reduce their
student contribution on future FAFSAs. Work-Study students are sometimes considered more preferentially
- If you are an on-campus employer, please review information on hiring a work study student.
How do I get Work-Study?
- Student eligibility is set by the FAFSA. Students should file by Iowa State’s priority deadline and should select “yes” when asked about Work-Study on the FAFSA.
- If awarded, students will be notified in their financial aid offer letter.
- If you were not awarded Work-Study, you may still be eligible. Contact the Student Employment Center to determine if you could be eligible.
Student Employment Center Room 0640 Beardshear Hall Ames, IA 50011
Telephone: (515) 294-JOBS 
Normal Hours: 8am – 5pm Monday – Friday
Summer Hours: 7:30am – 4pm Monday – Friday
Other Work-Study Programs
- Undergraduate Research Assistantship (URA)
- America Reads/America Counts
- Community Service Work-Study