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Work Study

One way you can help pay for your education is through a work-study job. Your work-study job is likely to be on campus or nearby. Through work-study, you gain job skills, working experience, and a paycheck that will help you pay for your education.

But it’s more than an ordinary part-time job. Work-study is a form of financial aid, awarded by the federal or state government. It is a form of “self-help” aid, so you don’t have to pay it back. However, after applying and being awarded the opportunity, you will need to find a work-study job, work your assigned hours, and receive a paycheck for those hours.

To get a work-study job, you must complete your FAFSA.

UTRGV offers both federal and state work-study programs

The Federal Work-Study Program allows you to work on campus with a specific department or off campus with a community service partner. You must:

  • Submit the FAFSA and have financial need
  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Be enrolled for at least half time.
  • Meet UTRGV’s Satisfactory Academic Policy Requirements

If you live in Texas, the Texas College Work-Study Program allows you to work on campus with a specific department. You must:

  • Submit the FAFSA/TASFA and have financial need
  • Be a Texas resident
  • Be enrolled for at least half time
  • Meet UTRGV’s Satisfactory Academic Policy Requirements
  • Have an Employment Authorization Card (if you are not a U.S. citizen or permanent resident)