Federal Work-Study

Federal Work-Study is a need-based program designed to provide employment opportunities for students who are in need of the earnings to help pay their educational expenses.

UTEP employs federal work-study students in many areas on and off campus. To be eligible for federal work-study a student must be enrolled full-time in the fall and spring semesters and enrolled at least 3 hours in any summer session (i.e. Maymester, Summer I, etc). Students cannot work more than 19 hours a week during any period (term/session) of enrollment.

If you are interested in a federal work-study job while enrolled at UTEP, make sure you complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). UTEP awards funds on a first come, first served basis.

How do I know I am eligible?

To be eligible for federal work-study, a student must meet the following criteria:
• Be a degree seeking student
• Be enrolled full-time in the fall and/or spring semester(s) and enrolled in at least 3 hours in any summer session (i.e. Maymester, Summer 1, etc.)
• Be eligible to receive federal or state financial aid
• Meet employment eligibility
• Meet Satisfactory Academic Progress

Students who fall under the following criteria cannot be considered for federal work-study:
• International Students
• Undergraduate students who have already received a degree
• A non-degree seeking undergraduate
• Non-degree graduate students

How do I sign up for federal work-study?

The student must complete customer service training in order to sign up for federal work-study. Training has been developed to prepare hourly and federal work-study employees to provide excellent Customer Service. This training is required of all federal work-study eligible students before they begin working on campus.

To sign up for the training please go to financial aid workshops and click on "Customer Service training", then Sign in and register for training. An email is then sent to your UTEP miners account giving you instructions on how to complete the training.

If interested in participating in the federal work-study program, please complete the customer service training during the following time frame to be considered for the appropriate semester:

    Fall employment is for the period of September 1–December 31–complete customer service training during August–November
    Spring employment is for the period of January 1–May 31–complete customer service training during December–April
    Summer employment is for the period of June 1–August 31–complete customer service training during May–July

Customer service is critically important to UTEP’s success. Students who are employed at UTEP have the responsibility to help provide outstanding Customer Service to all constituents. The customer service training is an opportunity for student employees to learn the basics of customer service as well as gain a better understanding of the structure and organization at UTEP.

How much can I earn?

You will earn at least the current federal minimum wage. However, you may earn more depending on the type of work you do and the skill required for the position.

Your total federal work-study award depends on:
• when you apply,
• level of financial need, and
• funding availability

Can I work as many hours as I want?

No. The amount you earn cannot exceed your total federal work-study award. Students cannot work more than 19 hours a week during any period (term/session) of enrollment. The student may work a maximum of 40 hours when not enrolled at UTEP between long terms (fall/spring), during spring break and summer.*

*Note: Please be aware students who work 40 hours will use up their federal work-study allocation before the end of their assignment period. This would mean the student would not be able to continue working unless "reassigned" by the department as an "hourly" employee. Hourly employees are paid entirely out of a department’s wage account. These departmental wages may impact a student’s financial aid allocation in the future award year because departmental wages are considered income and not "need-based" financial aid, such as federal work-study. All wages earned as an "hourly" employee will be considered in the student’s Expected Family Contribution (EFC) as income earned by the student.

Federal School Code: 003661