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Work-Study for Graduate Students

What is Work-Study?

Work-study is an employment program that provides paid jobs (typically on
campus) for students who need to work to earn a portion of their education expenses.  Graduate students may be eligible to receive federal work-study

Priority work-study funds are allocated first to students that earned work-study in the prior academic year.

Summer work-study is awarded in late-April. A WKSUM form must be turned in to the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships to be eligible for award consideration.

What Criteria must be met to receive Work-Study?

Federal Need Based Work-Study Criteria:

  1. You must have completed a FAFSA for the academic year;
  2. Your financial aid file must be complete for the academic year;
  3. You must remain enrolled in at least 3 credits;
  4. You cannot be on financial aid suspension;
  5. You must have an unmet need of at least $3,000 for the academic year;
  6. You must turn in a work-study form confirming your employment.

Things You Should Know About Work-Study

  • Student jobs can be found here
  • As a new Work-Study student, you will be required to provide your supervisor with proof that you are eligible to work in the United States. Please have a photo ID and a Social Security card, birth certificate or U.S. passport when you fill out your new-hire paperwork. If you are a non-citizen, you must have a Social Security card, an I-20 and your student visa to fill out the paperwork. The Office of Human Resources is located in the Jordan Student Success Building (JSSB) 310.
  • If you have not earned Work-Study funds by the 3rd payroll of a semester, or 6 weeks from the time your award was accepted, whichever occurs later, your Work-Study award may be canceled.
  • You cannot earn Work-Study if you are on financial aid suspension.
  • You cannot earn Work-Study if you drop below 3 credit hours.
  • Monitor your earnings. This is your responsibility. If you earn more than your award each semester, the department you work for will be billed for the overpayment.
  • If you are not awarded Work-Study and wish to be considered for this award, you should contact the Office of Financial Aid.

How Much Can I Earn?

The average award for an academic year is $6,000 (this may vary depending on funding). This is based on your available unmet need. The hourly pay ranges from $8.00 to $12.00 per hour.


How Do I Find a Work-Study Job?

Click for MSU Denver Work Study Job Listings


Cancellation or Reduction of Work-Study

Work-Study funds will be canceled if the following occurs:

  • A student does not earn work-study funds by the 3rd payroll of a semester or 6 weeks from the time the award was accepted, whichever occurs later.
  • A student drops below 3 credit hours (Any hours earned during the payroll will be charged to the department);
  • A student’s satisfactory academic progress appeal is denied.


Work-Study funds will be reduced if the following occurs:

  • A student receives a scholarship or outside sponsorship award.
    (If a reduction occurs during a payroll and the student over earns, the department will be charged the additional earnings).

Work-Study Supervisors

For policies and procedures regarding work-study employment, please see the Human Resources Website or contact us at the following address or phone number:

890 Auraria Parkway, Suite 310
Denver, CO 80204
(Student Success Building)

Ph:303 615-0999 


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