Work Study is a financial aid program that offers hourly employment to students.  Participating in Work-Study is a great way to make another connection to campus, develop time management and organizational skills and earn some money.

A Work-Study job is similar to a part-time job, except that with Work-Study, the employer pays 50 percent of the student's wage and the Federal Work-Study program pays the other 50 percent of the wage. Many employers are anxious to hire Work-Study students due to the funding reimbursement they receive. Work-Study students can be employed with a variety of employers at both University jobs or with approved off-campus government or non-profit agencies. Some jobs are designed to specifically benefit the community and are designated as community service positions.

It is not necessary for students to have secured a job before or immediately upon arriving on campus as Work-Study jobs are available throughout the year. Students must apply for the position and be hired by the employer as jobs are not automatically provided. Most available jobs are listed on HireaHawk; however, students with specific employment interests may want to contact an employer directly. A variety of on and off-campus employers attend the Student Job Fair to interview students and accept job applications.  Student Job Fairs are held 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. in the Main Lounge of the Iowa Memorial Union (IMU) on the following dates:

  • Fall 2018, Wednesday, August 22
  • Spring 2019, Wednesday, January 23

Students may print verification of the dollar value of their work-study award from MyUI. Some employers request this information be provided to them as part of the application process and others will ask that it be provided to them during the interview. Students have the ability to print the verification and upload it to their HireaHawk application.

Work-Study employment dates for the 2018-2019 academic year are August 12, 2018 through May 18, 2019. Students may apply for and accept a Work-Study job at any time, but may not begin working before August 12, 2018.

Student hourly work limitations are established by State of Iowa Law. Students may work a maximum number of 20 hours per week during the academic year. However, students may work a maximum of 40 hours per week during Thanksgiving, winter, and spring breaks and over the summer.

Getting Paid

  • Student employees must document their eligibility to work under federal law by completing an I-9 form prior to or on their first days of employment. Be prepared to present the PDF iconacceptable documents to complete the I-9 Form. Additional information is available at
  • The amount a student earns is determined by multiplying the hourly rate of pay by the number of hours worked.  The student's rate of pay is established by the employer.  The University of Iowa minimum hourly wage is $8.20. The PDF iconPart-Time and PDF iconWork-Study wage survey results provide information on rates of pay.
  • The Payment System web page provides an explanation of the documents required and the process.
  • Students are paid biweekly according to the Payroll Biweekly Schedule. Payment for hours worked is deposited in the student's bank account, it is not credited to the student's University account (U-Bill).
  • Employment hours are PDF iconentered electronically.
  • For additional information on resources available to students regarding their payroll information, view MyUI & Self Service Human Resource Access for Students.