Federal Work-Study

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Federal Work Study is a need-based financial aid program that provides students with the opportunity to work part-time to earn money to pay educational expenses. Earnings are paid by check through the payroll process.


  • Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid.
  • Have demonstrated financial need.
  • Be enrolled in at least 6 credit hours as an undergraduate or 4 credit hours as a graduate student. 
  • Funding is limited. If you do not accept your offer, it may be canceled.


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  • Ensure the student has financial aid eligibility.
  • Monitor student class schedule: students cannot work during scheduled class time.
  • Earning: Students can earn up to wages listed on their Financial Aid Offer. 

Questions can be directed to umd-ask-ofa@umich.edu.

Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships

1183 - James C. Renick University Center
4901 Evergreen Road
Dearborn, MI 48128
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