student researchers

Important Updates

Work-Study for Graduate Student Researchers

Information for Graduate Student Researchers

Financial Aid and Scholarships, in collaboration with Graduate Studies and individual academic departments, administers Work-Study funds to graduate students based on need. The Federal government pays for a percentage of the costs of Graduate Student Research (GSR) employment. Federal Work-Study is available for students eligible to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA must be completed annually to be considered. In the School of Education, only Ph.D. students are eligible for Work-Study.

Institutional Work-Study is available to international and AB540 students who are eligible to work and is based on need as well. For AB540 students who are also undocumented, need is determined by the California Dream Act Application. California Dream Act applicants must also meet Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) requirements to be eligible.

There are a limited number of Federal Work-Study units available to graduate students at the University, so even if you are eligible, your program may not have units available.

Student Eligibility:

  • Complete Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or Dream Act Application annually by March 2
  • Be a U.S. Citizen, Permanent Resident or be DACAmented
  • Identified as eligible for Graduate Work-Study by your academic department
  • Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)
  • Work with academic Program Coordinator to inquire about being hired and awarded a Graduate Student Researcher (GSR) Work-Study position. Academic program staff, in conjunction with faculty, hire the GSRs and notify students when Work-Study awards are posted online

For additional information regarding eligibility criteria, please contact your Academic Program Coordinator.