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Work-study programs are a form of financial aid in which you perform work in exchange for money for your education.

Federal government programs are the primary source of work-study, but individual college campuses may also offer their own programs to make additional financial aid available to as many students as possible.

Work-study programs have rules about whether the work can be on-campus or off-campus and about the maximum number of hours per week you can work. Your campus financial aid office should have the details specific to your program.

In order to apply for Federal Work-Study, submit the FAFSA and indicate an interest in work-study in section 1 of the FAFSA.

To find out if there are campus-specific work-study programs at the school you plan to attend, contact that school’s financial aid office.