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Work Study  



Federal Work-Study At UC Riverside

The Federal Work-Study Program is one component of funds granted by the Federal Government to aid individuals with financial need in achieving a college education. Federal Work-Study assists employers by paying a portion of a qualified student's wages with the employer paying the remaining balance.

**Reminder: As of January 1, 2018, minimum wage is $11 an hour**


The UC Riverside Financial Aid Office determines the percentage split each year. 

To qualify for the program, an employer must be a public or private nonprofit organization, submit an agreement, and be approved by the Financial Aid Office. Employers are encouraged to develop Work-Study positions that will provide students with meaningful learning experiences and help meet their educational or career goals, without displacing or replacing regular employees. 

The Federal Work-Study Program is available from September to June. Students are eligible for the program based on financial need and are permitted to work up to 19 hours per week during school sessions or up to 39 hours per week during any full week when classes are not in session. In the event a student depletes his or her award, the employer may terminate the student employee, or assume 100% of the hourly wage thereafter.

On-campus employers 

  • UCR departments may submit job postings using Handshake
  • New job postings are required each year. Students must submit a Placement Form each academic year even if they are returning to the same position  
  • Work-Study Frequently Asked Questions


Off-campus employers 

In order to participate in the Federal Work-Study Program, the organization must submit an Agreement Form. Documents must be approved by UCR prior to posting Work-Study positions online. Additional documents will be sent once the university has approved the agreement. The Federal Work-Study Agreement must be completed each academic year even if there has been prior participation. Please see the Invitation Letter for additional details.To receive a packet email the Work-Study Coordinator.

Important dates and deadlines 

The Federal Work-Study Program runs during the academic year and does not cover summer months. The 2018-2019 academic year begins September 24, 2018 and ends June 14, 2019. Contracts are accepted on a continuous basis but need to be renewed every academic year.


September 10, 2018 Work-Study positions are viewable to students
September 10, 2018 Students may begin to apply for Work-Study positions
September 24, 2018 Students may begin to work using Work-Study
September 10, 2018 Student Work-Study Placement forms available on Handshake
December 17-28, 2018 Students are eligible to work up to 39 hours
March 23-29, 2019 Students are eligible to work up to 39 hours
June 14-September  2019 Student is not eligible to use Work-Study award


Contact information 

Contact Financial Aid at 951.827.5429 if you have questions regarding payroll, student balance or appropriation.

Contact the Work-Study Coordinator at 951.827.2735 if you have questions regarding the job posting and hiring process.

More Information

General Campus Information

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

Department Information

Career Center
Career Center Plaza

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