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Financial Aid for Law Students

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Student Employment


What is work-study?

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. It's not a grant (because you must work to earn it), and it's not a loan (because you don't have to repay it).

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 on your financial aid award letter. If you've been offered work-study, you will need to accept it through PioneerWeb by July 1st and secure a position by October 15th or it will be cancelled.

You can only apply for work-study positions if you have this award as a part of your financial aid package, and you must be enrolled at least half-time (4 credits) to use it.

How do I get paid?

The amount shown on your award letter is the maximum amount you can earn over the academic year, typically $5,000. Your actual earnings will depend on your work schedule and hourly rate. Since there is no pre-set pay rate, the amount you earn will depend on the position you acquire. You will be paid every two weeks for the hours you worked, and your paycheck will be sent directly to you (not applied to your bill).

Please note: The Sturm College of Law strongly discourages day division students from seeking employment during their first year of study. First-year, day students 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 during periods of enrollment.

Still have questions? Download our FAQs or visit the Student Employment website.

Other Part-Time Positions

Didn't receive work-study? There are other work opportunities available! Student Employment maintains an online job board of off-campus positions in the greater DU and Denver area. These positions are available to all students, regardless of financial need or work-study eligibility. Pay rates range from $10-$20+ per hour, and there are positions available in a wide array of categories. Access the job board listings through the Student Employment website.

All on-campus positions that do not require work-study are maintained by the Human Resources. Any student is eligible to apply for these positions!

For more information about employment opportunities, contact Student Employment at 303-871-6792 or