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Work-study is a federally sponsored employment program for undergraduate and graduate students, where the wages are partially paid by the work-study program funds in addition to the employer. Students may earn cumulative work-study wages up to the amount listed on their financial aid award.

Unlike regular student employment, all of the work-study money earned during a calendar year are excluded from the financial contribution by a student when applying for aid in the following year. Any unused work-study funds are forfeited for the next academic year.

Work on Campus

It is a student’s responsibility to find a work-study position. The office of Career & Professional Development maintains a student jobs database called Handshake. Handshake contains work-study, student assistance, internship and permanent job listings. In addition to Handshake, it is recommended that students contact academic departments related to their majors in case certain positions are not listed online.

To qualify for the work-study aid, the students must file the FAFSA, receive and accept financial aid on their award notice. The students must be enrolled at least halftime in order to maintain their eligibility throughout the employment.

Note: If you do not qualify for work-study or you are an international student, you may still work for the University as a student employee. It is important to identify and secure employment early in the academic year. It is rare for new positions to open up mid-semester.


Community Service Work-Study Positions

Off-campus community service work-study opportunities also exist for students. These jobs are certified as public service and/or private non-profit agencies working for the greater good of the community.

Students interested in these positions must meet work-study eligibility guidelines to be eligible. Off campus work-study opportunities are also advertised through Handshake.

Hours and Location

Dempsey Hall, Room 104
Walk-In Hours:
Mondays and Fridays
8:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Schedule an appointment with your fiancial aid Counselor
Office Hours: 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Mailing Address

Financial Aid Office
UW Oshkosh
800 Algoma Blvd.
Oshkosh, WI 54901

Contact Us
 (920) 424-3377
Fax: (920) 424-0284