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The FAFSA and Work-Study Programs

Updated: Apr 14, 2020

One reason why students should complete the FAFSA even if they don’t think they’ll qualify for financial aid is that of the possibility of college work-study jobs. Work-study jobs require completion of the FAFSA and even if your EFC keeps you from receiving any federal grants, you could land a nice work-study job depending on which college you go to.

  • The amount of federal money provided to colleges to subsidize work-study is based on the cost of attendance vs. the number of needy students on campus.

  • The formula used to provide federal subsidies for work-study includes a minimum funding provision which means schools never receive less funding than the year before.

  • Students at some of the most expensive and oldest campuses are more likely to qualify and find work-study jobs than those at newer, public institutions.

  • Almost 14% of students at private colleges received work-study while only 3.6% at public schools did.

While a work-study job isn’t going to pay for college it can help secure funding for expenses and allow for a student to start participating in their college costs.  The list below provides information on a few schools in the Mid-Atlantic region but you can Click Here to view a more comprehensive list from DYI College Rankings.

Need-based financial offers will include grants (free money) and self-help (loans and work-study).  Be certain to understand the difference when evaluating the immediate and eventual cost of attendance.

Maryland Schools Johns Hopkins – $1,750

Loyola University MD – $1,927

Pennsylvania Schools Dickinson College – $1,129

Franklin and Marshall – $1,091

Lehigh – $1,238

Susquehanna – $1,124

Villanova – $1,276

Virginia Schools Roanoke – $1,226

Washington and Lee – $1,401

Randolph Macon– $1,010

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