The Federal government offers a program to need-based college students that assists in paying college costs.
The Federal Work-Study Program, offered at approximately 3,400 participating postsecondary institutions, pays eliigible students an hourly wage at least equal to the Federal Minimum Wage for part-time employment at some department/division of the school.
Undergraduate students are paid by the hour. Unlike a loan, grant, or scholarship, money is not paid before you earn it — and you only earn it by working.
You can obtain a work-study award — if you qualify — when you apply for federal financial aid by completing the FAFSA and indicating on your application that you want work-study assistance.
Next up? A quick overview grants and scholarships offered by individual colleges and universities.
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