The FAFSA and Work-Study Programs

One reason why students should complete the FAFSA even if they don’t think they’ll qualify for financial aid is that of the possibility of college work-study jobs. Work-study jobs require completion of the FAFSA and even if your EFC keeps you from receiving any federal grants, you could land a nice work-study job depending on which college you go to.

  • The amount of federal money provided to colleges to subsidize work-study is based on the cost of attendance vs. the number of needy students on campus
  • The formula used to provide federal subsidies for work-study includes a minimum funding provision which means schools never receive less funding than the year before.
  • Students at some of the most expensive and oldest campuses are more likely to qualify and find work-study jobs than those at newer, public institutions.
  • Almost 14% of students at private colleges received work-study while only 3.6% at public schools did.

 

While a work-study job isn’t going to pay for college it can help secure funding for expenses and allow for a student to start participating in their college costs.  The list below provides information on a few schools in the Mid-Atlantic region but you can Click Here to view a more comprehensive list from DYI College Rankings.

Need-based financial offers will include grants (free money) and self-help (loans and work-study).  Be certain to understand the difference when evaluating the immediate and eventual cost of attendance.

  • Maryland Schools
    • Johns Hopkins – $1,750
    • Loyola University MD – $1,927
  • Pennsylvania Schools
    • Dickinson College – $1,129
    • Franklin and Marshall – $1,091
    • Lehigh – $1,238
    • Susquehanna – $1,124
    • Villanova – $1,276
  • Virginia Schools
    • Roanoke – $1,226
    • Washington and Lee – $1,401
    • Randolph – $1,010
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