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Work-Study Program

Work-Study Program

We encourage all new and continuing work-study eligible students to be informed by watching the Work-Study Orientation webinar above to stay updated on the process.

What is Work-Study?

Work-Study is a program that is funded by the government. It offers financial support to students with a demonstrated financial need. Eligible students may use their award by obtaining a Work-Study job at the University or with an approved off-campus employer. Work-Study funds must be used from September 17, 2021 to June 10, 2022.


To be eligible, you must:

  • File your FAFSA by the March 2 deadline. (Note: FAFSA is available each year beginning October 1.)
  • Demonstrate a financial need, as determined by the Financial Aid Office.
  • Accept your award via R’Web.
  • Remain enrolled, and maintain “Satisfactory Academic Progress” while working under the program (i.e. a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0).
  • Due to COVID, if you accepted your work-study award in 2020-2021 and did not use it, you may still be eligible for work-study during the 2021-2022 year. If this is your case and you did not get work-study awarded, please submit a Revision Request through R'Web to have your eligibility determined." 

If you qualify for Work-Study, you will be notified in your financial aid award letter. The gross earnings you can receive under the program will also be included in the letter.

Work-Study Benefits

Use your Work-Study award and enjoy the following:

  • Access to more on-campus jobs
  • A flexible schedule for academics
  • Saved gas money and travel time
  • Paid experience
  • Transferable skills to build your resume
  • An established network
  • The potential to gain academic credit for an internship
  • A meaningful place within the UCR community

Important Dates & Deadlines

August 23, 2021 Work-Study positions and 2021-22 Federal Work-Study Eligibility Notification Forms are viewable to students
August 23, 2021 Students may begin to apply for Work-Study positions
Sept. 19, 2021 Students can start to work using work-study funds
June 10, 2022 The last day students can work using work-study funds
Classes in Session Up to 19 hours per week
Classes not in Session  Up to 39 hours per week
Winter & Spring Break Up to 39 hours each week

Getting Started

If you are eligible for Work-study and are interested in exploring work-study positions, the Student and College Engagement team at the Career Center is ready to support you with your resume, job search, and interviewing prep through scheduling a virtual counseling appointment or attending our virtual drop-in hours. For updated hours, please visit careers.ucr.edu, and to get started, click on the links below.

Schedule a Counseling Appointment with your designated Career Specialist

Schedule a 15-minute Express Career Advising Appointment

Accessing Work-Study Jobs on Handshake: 

  • To view work-study positions on Handshake, you will go to Jobs, click on Filters, and select Work-study, and Show Results. (Work-study positions are only viewable on Handshake to work-study eligible students).
  • Here you will find opportunities for both on-campus and off-campus work-study approved sites. 
  • Positions will continue to be posted throughout the year. If you are not seeing what you are looking for, be sure to visit often for updated positions.
  • PLEASE NOTE: If you are being rehired for an on-campus work-study position, the department will need to post this position on Handshake as a RESERVED position. This position will not be viewable on Handshake. Please refer these questions to careercenter@ucr.edu for questions related to this process. 

If you are invited for an interview: 

  • Be sure to download your 2021-2022 Federal Work-study Eligibility Notification form provided to you through the job description in Handshake prior to your interview, and share this form with the employer. 

View Sample Work-Study Forms

The Hiring Process

Congratulations, you aced the interview, and have been offered a work-study position! It will now be up to you to start the hiring process. Please complete the Work-Study New Hire Form to initiate a DocuSign process which will require e-signatures from both your supervisor and yourself. Depending on whether this is an on-campus or off-campus position, it will route to the appropriate channels for authorization. If you have questions regarding this process or the status of your employment contract, please contact finaid@ucr.edu

Start the Work-Study Hiring Process

PLEASE NOTE: Work-Study funds can only be used between September 19, 2021 and June 10, 2022.

For a summary of the process described above, you can access this Work-Study Student infographic as a reference.

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