Work-Study is need-based financial aid that allows students to earn money for college expenses by working a part-time job. Work-study jobs are funded by the federal and state government and include both on and off-campus positions. In order to determine eligibility for work-study, students must first submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

  Watch our Work-Study: How it Works video for an introduction to work-study basics, how to apply and what it means to earn work-study throughout the year.


CU Boulder receives a limited amount of work-study funding from federal and state sources each year. Not all eligible students receive a work-study award.

Find or Post a Work-Study Job

Work-study jobs can be found in Buff Portal or can be posted through CU Boulder Student Jobs.


Student Employment maintains a waitlist of eligible students who did not receive a work-study award, but who are interested in obtaining a work-study job.


Work-study funds do not apply directly to a student's tuition bill. A work-study award indicates the gross amount a student is eligible to earn during a given term at a work-study job.

Summer Work-Study

Students may request summer financial aid, including work-study, by completing the Summer Financial Aid Application available in Buff Portal in February of each year or by giving us a call. Eligible students will be awarded immediately. You will need to be either enrolled in Summer 2021 or in both Spring 2021 and the following Fall 2021 by the start of summer semester to be eligible. In addition, be sure to complete the current 2020-21 FAFSA and the 2021-22 FAFSA, because you must demonstrate financial need to begin earning your summer work-study award. If you have questions, get in touch with Student Employment for more information.

Important Dates

Work-study awards require students to start and stop working based on a calendar similar to the academic year.