Good news! Through the Federal Work-Study program, the Financial Aid Office at John F. Kennedy University offers students the opportunity to work as part-time employees through the University. Students work for a maximum of 20 hours per week, gaining experience and knowledge that can be added to their resumes. Hourly rates vary with position and experience. Please read on for information about eligibility, employers, hours and payment, and how to get started.


In order for a student to be eligible for Federal Work-Study, the Financial Aid Office must determine that the student has financial need. If you are interested in federal work-study and not sure if you are eligible, please contact or visit the Financial Aid Office at (925) 969-3385 or


Federal Work-Study jobs may be available through a variety of both on-campus and outside employers. These may include the following:

  • College of Law
  • College of Psychology
  • College of Business and Professional Studies
  • Continuing Education
  • Library
  • Student Experience
  • Marketing
  • Outside employers, TBD

Please note that online positions may also be available.

Start Date, Hours, and Payment

Work-study jobs begin at the start of a term. The start date is July 2, 2018 for summer term, October 1, 2018 for fall term, January 7, 2019 for winter term and April 1, 2019 for spring term. All jobs will end on or before June 15, 2019, the last day of the last term of the school year.

All students can work 20 hours maximum per week and have no more than two (2) work-study jobs at the same time. If the student has two jobs, the maximum hours they can work is 20 across both jobs. During any institutional breaks (Thanksgiving, Winter Break, Spring Break etc.) the student can work 40 hours per week.

The hourly rate will depend on the position and the student’s experience. In 2018-19, work-study students may receive up to $2,500 total. If and when the total amount of the award is used up, depending on whether or not additional funding is available, the student may have to stop working the job. Students should keep this in mind as they plan their hours with their supervisor.

Getting Hired

Students interested in obtaining a Federal Work-Study position may attend a work-study job fair to discover open positions, apply, and interview. Jobs are also listed in the Financial Aid Office and on BlackBoard under the Financial Aid tabs.

Once you have obtained a position, you will need to contact or visit the Financial Aid Office to complete the necessary documents to get started. Please note that these documents will need to be completed with the Financial Aid Office, and not with your job supervisor. Getting in touch with the Financial Aid Office at this point is an important step as they will be able to answer any questions and orient you to the ins and outs of your work-study award.

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