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Please Note: We are no longer accepting work-study requests for 2023-2024.
Work Study is an employment program that provides paid jobs for students who need to earn a portion of their educational expenses. Work-study funds come from the state and federal government depending on which award the student receives. Funding is limited and not guaranteed to all students. Students earning money through work study are subject to Financial Aid stipulations pertaining to credit hours and Satisfactory Academic Progress. There are three types of work-study awards:
Student Hourly positions are on-campus positions funded by a university department’s budget. Work-study and/or financial aid is not required for this type of employment. All hourly students must be enrolled in some credit-earning capacity during the semester in which you are employed. For more information, visit our Student Employment page.
The complete amount of a work-study award may be earned by a student, but the student is not entitled to or able to collect any portion of the award that remains unearned after the award year ends. It is the responsibility of the work-study student and supervisor to monitor the earnings of work-study student employees to ensure that the student does not earn more than their approved work-study award. We recommend that the work-study student employee and supervisor monitor total earnings using the amount earned before taxes, as opposed to the amount received after taxes. If a student earns more than their work-study award amount, the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships will correct the overage by charging the supervisor’s department, terminating the student’s work-study position, and/or adjusting any resulting financial overages on the student’s account.
If a student receiving a work-study award also receives other forms of financial aid (such as scholarships, grants, or loans), the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships must reduce the work-study award by the appropriate amount to ensure that the student does not receive more than the federal maximum grant in aid.
The average award for an academic year is $10,000. (This may vary depending on funding and available room in a student’s award). This is based on your available unmet need.
Yes. If a student has not begun earning their funding by the 2nd payroll of the semester, their award will be cancelled. Please contact the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships if the student plans on starting a job after the 2nd payroll of the semester or if the student wants to defer their award until the following semester.
No. Students may accept hourly jobs on-campus any time during the year.
Yes, but students who receive No-Need Work Study are not eligible to work off campus through the work-study program.
No. If a student chooses to forgo their award, please notify the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarship as soon as possible.
Yes. Students must notify each supervisor that they have another job on campus and both supervisors must sign the Split Assignment form provided by Student Employment. Please be aware that a student (work-study student) cannot work over the 30 hours a week maximum between all jobs while classes are in session.
Federal and State work study funds require that all students meet and maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress.
Any credits attempted at MSU Denver (whether the student is receiving financial aid or not) are subject to all aspects of the Satisfactory Academic Progress policy, and any credits transferred from another institution will be subject to the quantitative measures under this policy. A student’s academic progress must be evaluated at the end of each semester in which they attend school, and it must be reviewed before any disbursement of financial aid funds for a new semester.
Download our Work-Study Earnings Tracker Template here.
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Physical Location & Address:
Jordan Student Success Building (JSSB), Suite 130
890 Auraria Pkwy
Denver, CO 80204
For specific Work Study questions, reach out to:
Monday – Friday: 8am – 5pm
Friday: Call Center opens at 9am!
Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships
Campus Box 2, PO Box 173362
Denver, CO 80217