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What is the Work-Study Program?

Work-Study was created to stimulate and promote part-time employment for students who have financial need. Work-Study allows a student to earn financial aid through employment. Instead of a financial aid payment, the student's Work-Study award is paid in the form of a payroll check for time/hours worked. In addition to meeting educational expenses, work-study offers an opportunity for students to gain work experience, as well as providing essential services to the University and the community. It may also provide:

  • Practical training and experience in your chosen field
  • Positive job experience to help you identify career objectives
  • An impressive resume and recommendations from former employers

UC Davis offers two types of Work-Study, Federal and Institutional Work-Study. Undergraduate, International, and Graduate students may be eligible. Work-Study is awarded to students based on need. Students with Expected Family Contributions (EFC) of less than or equal to $20,000 and eligibility greater than or equal to $1,000 will be identified on their award notices as Work-Study eligible. Because funding is limited, not all students with need are awarded Work-Study. Work-Study funds are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Eligible students can obtain a Work-Study Eligibility Certificate (with a 30-day expiration date) through MyAwards. Work-Study Eligibility Certificates will become available early June. For Graduate Students there are additional requirements, please see the Work-Study page for Graduate Students for more information.

Work-Study is a financial aid award. To see if you have this award, review your personalized financial aid notice at MyAwards.

How to Hire a Work Study Student

For information on posting a job, hiring a student, and policies and procedures relating to employment, please visit the Internship and Career Center website.

For employers looking to hire UC Davis students, please post part-time, one-time, temporary, and summer full-time work-study and non-work study employment opportunities through Handshake. Once the job posting is complete, interested students will contact you directly. 

For information on work-study opportunities, please use the UC Davis Employers or Non-UC Davis Employers links.