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Work-Study Program  


work study  

What is Federal Work-Study?

Work-Study is a program funded by the Federal Government that offers financial support to students with a demonstrated financial need. Eligible students may use the money awarded to them by obtaining a Work-Study job at the University or with an approved off-campus employer. Work-Study is offered during the academic year only. Review available jobs using the on-line database, SCOTjobs.

NEW work-study students should attend a work-study orientation

You are encouraged to attend a work-study orientation PRIOR to applying for work-study positions. 

All work-study orientations listed below will be held in Life Sciences 1500 (LFSC 1500).

  • Monday, September 21: 1-2pm.
  • Monday, September 21: 4-5pm
  • Tuesday, September 22: 11am-12pm
  • Wednesday, September 23: 2-3pm

You only need to attend ONE work-study orientation. If you can't make these, there will be 2 more make-up orientations during Fall Quarter.

Work-Study Webinar - Click here to watch!


Pay Periods

Pay periods

Once you secure a work-study job you will be paid bi-weekly. On-campus jobs: talk to your department about pay periods and time sheet procedures. Off-campus jobs: you must attend a Letter of Clearance appointment with the Financial Aid Office BEFORE you start working in order to be put on work-study payroll.

To schedule a letter of clearance appointment you must first have secured a job. After accepting the job you go to the Student Services Building front counter to schedule the appointment. You must bring with you a copy of the job description, your placement form, a picture ID (passport, driver's license or state ID) and your social security card to the front counter when you make your appointment. They will NOT make the appointment for you if you don't have these documents.




    To be eligible for a Work-Study job, a student must meet the following criteria:
  • Demonstrate a financial need as determined by the Financial Aid Office.
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress (e.g., at least a 2.0 cumulative GPA) while working under the Work-Study program.


How Do I Apply?

  • New students must file a FAFSA financial aid application and returning students must complete their renewal FAFSA in  March (check with the Financial Aid Office for the exact date).
  • If you obtain Work-Study, you will receive a financial aid award notification that notes the gross earnings you can receive under the Work-Study Program via GROWL
  • You may use your Work-Study award during the year or elect not to use it. If you decide not to use your award, you will not receive Work-Study in subsequent years, as funds are very limited.
  • Students apply for Work-Study positions directly through UCR’s online job and internship database, SCOTjobs.  For step-by step instructions, please see Work-Study Job Search Instructions & Guidelines and the Important Dates & Deadlines



Benefits to Work-Study. Why Earn Your Award?

Benefits to Work-Study. Why Earn Your Award?

  • Earn your award as a paycheck just like a part-time job
  • Access to more on-campus jobs
  • Flexible schedule with your academics
  • Save travel time & gas money
  • Be part of the UCR community
  • Establish a network


Who to Contact

Who to Contact

  • For Federal Work-Study Job Search and Federal Work-Study Orientation information contact the Work-Study Coordinator, or call at 951.827.2735
  • For Financial Aid Award Inquiries, Financial Records, and Letter of Clearance questions email the Financial Aid Office or call 951.827.5429



More Information

General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Department Information

Career Center
Veitch Student Center

Tel: (951) 827-3631
Fax: (951) 827-2447
Student Questions: careercounseling@ucr.edu
Employer Questions: careerrecruiting@ucr.edu