What is the State Work-Study Program?

The purpose of the State Work-Study Program is to provide students with an opportunity to gain career-related work experience and earn funds to pay for their postsecondary education. The PHEAA-administered State Work-Study Program is made possible through funding from the General Assembly and with the cooperation of Pennsylvania postsecondary institutions and employers.

Am I eligible for the State Work-Study Program?

Only eligible students can participate in the Pennsylvania State Work-Study Program.

What are the Pennsylvania residency requirements?
  • To be considered a Pennsylvania resident, your permanent home must be in Pennsylvania.
  • If you are younger than 18, you must have a supporting parent or guardian who has lived in Pennsylvania for at least the 12 months immediately prior to the date you apply.
  • If you are 18 or older, you must have lived in Pennsylvania for at least the 12 months immediately prior to the date you apply.

For a more detailed explanation, please see the Pennsylvania State Grant Program FAQ.

How can I find a State Work-Study Program employer?

There are a couple of ways to find jobs that are part of the State Work-Study Program.

How do I know if my job qualifies?

Many jobs qualify for the State Work-Study Program. Generally, any job that in some way relates to your major or minor course of study (as determined by your employer) is eligible.

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How do I apply for the State Work-Study Program?

It's easy to apply.

After you apply, PHEAA will notify you and your employer of your State Work-Study Program eligibility. You can also check the status of your State Work-Study Program application online.

What is the deadline for submitting my application?

The deadlines vary, depending on when you are looking for employment.

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After You Apply

Who pays me under the State Work-Study Program?

Your employer pays you for hours worked. Your pay rate must be at least minimum wage. However, your employer determines your specific pay rate based on your classroom knowledge, prior work experience, employer's budget, and other factors.

How much can I earn?

Both you and your employer will be notified of your award amount under the State Work-Study Program. Your award amount can be up to $5,000 during the academic year and up to an additional $5,000 during the summer term. These award amounts are the maximum amount of earnings an employer may submit to PHEAA for reimbursement. However, your employer may choose to pay you more than the fixed award amount.

Please note: You are paid only for the hours you actually work. If you work during the entire academic year (fall and spring), your award amount covers both semesters. If you decide to seek employment for the summer term, you and your employer must submit another State Work-Study Program application by June 30.

How many hours can I work?

You may work up to 40 hours per week while classes are in session, during term breaks, and the summer.

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