What is Work-Study?

Work-Study is a federal program that allows on-campus and select off-campus employers to hire students at a reduced cost. The program pays a percentage of a student's wages and the remaining balance is paid by the employer. Students in the Work-Study program are awarded a set dollar amount which their wages for the academic year may not exceed. Only students who qualify for Work-Study may apply for Work-Study positions.

How do I know if I'm eligible for Work-Study?

Check if a Work-Study award is listed on your FAFSA form. Visit and click on "My Aid Award" to view the maximum amount of money you may earn for the year.  You can also contact the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office to learn more about applying and qualifying for Work-Study.

Am I guaranteed a job if I qualify for Work-Study?

No. While there are over 4,000 student positions on-campus and several entry-level positions are readily available, there is no job placement guarantee for Work-Study students.  However, our Career and Peer Advisers can assist you in searching for a job, writing a resume and cover letter, and refining your interview skills to help you strengthen your chances!

Where do I apply for Work-Study jobs?

All Work-Study positions at UCSC are posted on the Career Center's Employee Request System.

What are the benefits of working on campus?

Convenient work location that's a short walking distance from your residence hall and classrooms!

Flexible work schedules to accommodate your class time and study needs!

Transferable skills and a start to your professional development!

Exposure to potential career paths!

Networking opportunities with faculty, staff, organizations, and other students!

Need more information?

Visit the office of Financial Aid and Scholarships at or in person at 205 Hahn Student Services Building.