Work Study

Federal Work Study is for undergraduate and graduate students with financial need. Students are employed under Federal Work-Study, Federal Work-Study Community Service, or the Federal Work-Study America Reads/America Counts program. Many UWM students find regular employment both on and around campus. However, due to limited program funding, work-study is awarded to approximately 500 UWM students.

  • A FAFSA application must be completed to be considered for Federal Work Study.
  • Federal Work-Study recipients are not assigned to a Work-Study job. Students must apply to the employer for any of the job titles that interest them. Jobs are posted on the Handshake database on the Career Planning and Resource Center website.
  • Students may apply for and be hired for more than one position.
  • A student may earn up to the maximum amount, per semester, indicated on their PAWS offer. Use the following equation to determine the number of hours per week you can work without going over your award:

Award / Hourly wage = Total number of hours
Total hours / Number of earning weeks = Number of hours per week

  • Students work an average of twelve to fifteen hours per week.
  • Students earn at least minimum wage and often more. Rate of pay is based on university and Federal Work-Study Program guidelines. Individual employing departments decide what hourly wage they will pay student employees.
  • Students are paid bi-monthly through payroll. Your earnings are not applied directly to any amount owed the university.
  • Students that already have an off-campus non-profit service agency or organization job are encouraged to contact the Center for Community-Based Learning to determine if Federal Work Study could be utilized.
  • If a student has not earned Federal Work Study within 30 days of the start of a semester, the Federal Work Study award will be removed from their financial aid.

For additional information on Federal Work Study click here to be directed to the Department of Education website.

Federal Work Study Payroll Periods and Pay Dates

Below are the effective dates for earning Federal Work Study for the current and upcoming academic years.


  • Fall: September 2, 2018-January 19, 2019
  • Spring: January 20, 2019-May 25, 2019

Student payroll information, including the payroll schedule, can be found on the payroll website.