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 and meet all other eligibility criteria required for receipt of federal assistance. The program provides students with part-time and seasonal employment opportunities in a variety of on- and off-campus jobs. 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 earnings can 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. The UMass Amherst Student Job Board provides an extensive list of job openings that are updated daily. The list of available jobs can also be viewed on bulletin boards outside of the Financial Aid Office, Room 243 Whitmore Administration Building.
For more details on work-study employment, visit Student Employment.
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 part-time, and seasonal jobs available. The UMass Amherst Student Job Board provides an extensive list of job openings that are updated daily. The list of available non work-study jobs are also included to view on bulletin boards outside of the Financial Aid Office.