Work-study is a need-based financial aid award that allows you to work on campus or with an approved off-campus employer to earn money to help pay for educational expenses. In addition, work-study positions give you the opportunity to develop valuable skills and experience. Studies also show that working while taking classes can improve academic performance.

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Work-Study FAQ

  • How do I get work-study?

    Because work-study funding is limited, it's not included in all students' award packages. Priority is given to those who applied for financial aid by the priority deadline, and if you're eligible, it will be included in your financial aid award letter. If you received a work-study offer, you will need to accept it through PioneerWeb by July 15 and secure a position by October 15 or it will be cancelled.

  • Are there any work-study positions that involve community service?

    Students with work-study may partner with nonprofits and government agencies that strive to enhance the quality of life for residents — especially low-income individuals — in the DU community. These positions enable students to engage in meaningful service that helps meet community needs.

  • How do I find a work-study job?

    Available work-study positions are posted through Pioneer Careers. Students are not placed into work-study positions—you must find and apply for the job you want. To find and apply for a position:

    1. Log in to using your PioneerWeb DU ID and password.
    2. On your homepage, select OCI and Job Listings.
    3. Under the "Type of Job" filter, select "Student Employment: On DU Campus" as the job type.
    4. To ensure a position you are viewing is work-study eligible, be sure the "Compensation" field in the post says "Work Study Required."
  • How much will I be paid?

    The pay rate varies depending on the type of job you obtain. It is not contingent upon level in school.

  • Is there a limit to how much I can earn?

    Yes. The amount listed on your award letter is the maximum amount you can earn throughout the academic year. Typically, graduate students can earn up to $5,000 each year. If you are close to earning your maximum award, you can contact Student Employment to request an increase.

  • Why wasn't I offered work-study?

    The amount of funding we have available for this type of aid is extremely limited. In fact, only about 20% of our currently enrolled, eligible students have work-study. Therefore, many students who would otherwise be eligible won't receive an offer as a part of their financial aid package. If you don't see work-study on your award letter, chances are that funding is depleted. If you choose to attend DU and submit your admission deposit, you may contact us to submit your name to the work-study waitlist.

Work-Study Policies

Graduate students are not permitted to have more than one work-study position at a time, and cannot utilize work-study and a graduate teaching or research assistantship within the same quarter.

Full-time law students are strongly discouraged from seeking employment during their first year of study, as they frequently find satisfactory grades impossible to achieve while engaged in outside employment. Additionally, the American Bar Association prohibits full-time students from working more than 20 hours/week while enrolled.

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Other Part-Time Positions

Even if you weren't offered work-study, we offer a variety of opportunities to supplement your educational and living costs through work on or off campus. These positions can be found through Pioneer Careers and are available to all students, regardless of financial need or work-study availability. Many of the off-campus positions posted are just minutes from the DU campus and typically pay up to $20 per hour.

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Work-Study Office

For questions specific to the work-study program at DU.

M-F 9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.