Work-study is need-based financial aid that allows students to earn money by working a part-time job. Work-study jobs are like regular jobs; students are paid only for the hours they work, and personal activities like schoolwork are expected to be done oustide of work hours. 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 apply for financial aid.
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.
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.
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 2023 or in both Spring 2023 and the following Fall 2023 by the start of summer semester to be eligible. In addition, be sure to complete the current 2022-23 FAFSA and the 2023-24 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.
Work-study awards require students to start and stop working based on a calendar similar to the academic year.