The employer determines the hourly rate of pay based on job duties and qualifications and the current job market.  A review of the most recent PDF icon Part Time and PDF icon Work-Study wage survey results may be helpful in establishing the rate of pay. The rate of pay must be equivalent to that of a non-Work-Study student employee. The student's experience and background for the particular job should be used as criteria in setting the exact hourly wage. The University of Iowa minimum wage is $8.20. Currently, the Work-Study program covers 50% of the wage (60% if the position meets community service guidelines) up to $12 per hour.  The portion of the wage greater than $12 per hour receives no reimbursement. Employers pay 100% of the wage for student part-time hourly employees.