Federal work study is a federal student aid program that provides part-time employment while you are enrolled in school to help pay your education expenses. Federal work study may be available to United States citizens and permanent residents. In order to be considered for the work study program, applicants must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), available online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. The University of Pennsylvania institutional code is 003378. Students should complete the FAFSA and select the University of Pennsylvania as a recipient by February 15th. Students will be informed of work study eligibility in their financial aid packet from Student Financial Services. Notification is typically mailed in late May/early June.
For Master of Social Work (MSW) students deemed eligible for work study, you may use your work study award as your field placement site and be paid for hours that are already counted as field placement hours. Once the work study award amount is exhausted of the awarded funds, there are no additional funds. Therefore, students should take personal responsibility to plan carefully for the distribution of work study funds according to their needs across the full academic year.
Please note, if students receive federally funded awards through participation in any SP2 specializations, they forfeit federal work-study eligibility. Students are not able to receive both a federal grant and a federal work-study award as part of their financial aid package.