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Work-study is a form of need-based federal financial aid. As with all need-based financial aid, you will need to submit the FAFSA to be eligible. The program provides students with part-time employment opportunities in a variety of on- and off-campus jobs, with awards (maximum earnings) that range from $1,500-$1,800. Work-study funds are not applied to your UMass Amherst bill. Instead, you are paid bi-weekly, based on the hours that you have worked. These funds are to help offset personal expenses and other educational costs, such as your books or travel home.

If you receive work-study as part of your financial aid package you will be responsible for your own job search. However, the Student Employment Office (SEO) provides an extensive list of job openings outside their office (room 243 Whitmore Administration Building), as well as on the Work-Study On/Off Campus online job listing.

For more details on work-study employment, visit the Student Employment Frequently Asked Questions.

Work Study and Community Service

As a work-study student, you may be able to combine your job with your passion for community service. UMass Amherst has partnered with more than 100 on- and off-campus community service agencies, including the America Read and America Counts programs, to provide jobs for work-study students. Visit Student Employment for more details.

Non Work-Study Jobs

If you do not qualify for work-study, you can still take advantage of the extensive list of on- and off-campus temporary, part-time, and seasonal jobs available at the Student Employment Office. Jobs are posted outside the SEO office as well as on the Non Work-Study On/Off Campus online job listing. These listings are updated weekly.

Student Employment Services

243 Whitmore Administration Building
Tel: 413-545-0801

Student Job Links

Work-Study On/Off Campus Jobs

Non Work-Study On/Off Campus Jobs

America Reads/ America Counts Jobs

Employment Documents

All students employed by UMass Amherst must have certain documents on file before they begin working. See Student Employment for a listing of these documents.