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Important Updates

  • The 2024-25 FAFSA and CADAA are now open. The priority filing date for both applications has been extended to April 2, 2024. Visit Apply for Financial Aid for details.
  • The Department of Education has announced they will send information from the 2024-25 FAFSA to schools in mid-March. This may result in a delay in financial aid packaging and offers for the 2024-25 academic year.

Work-Study

What is Work-Study?

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 funds are paid in the form of a payroll check for time/hours worked. Work-Study contributes more than just financial assistance to your college education. It offers you a double bonus—education plus job experience. In increasingly competitive job markets, employers seek applicants who have academic as well as job experience. Work-Study 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 Work-Study and Institutional Work-Study. Undergraduate and graduate students may be eligible. Because funding is limited, not all students with need are offered Work-Study. Funds are offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Which program is right for me?

Program Undergraduate AB540 Undergraduate Graduate Student UCD Employer Non-UCD Employer*
Federal Work-Study yes no yes yes yes
Institutional Work-Study no yes no yes yes
Graduate Student Researcher no no yes yes no

*undergraduate students only