Federal Work-Study awards are based solely on financial need as defined by federal law. To be eligible, students must demonstrate financial need, must be attending college at least half-time (6 credits per semester), must be enrolled in degree-granting programs, and must be either a citizen or permanent resident of the United States. The pay rate is $18 per hour for Graduate Center students (effective 7/1/18). For the Graduate School of Journalism, the pay rate is $15 per hour (effective 7/1/18).
Federal Work-Study awards are packaged each spring for the following academic year. Because Federal Work-Study funds are limited, only students who have their FAFSA on file by the priority deadline (April 30) are initially considered for awards. Federal Work-Study positions are assigned by the Executive Officer of the students academic program.