The Federal Work-Study Program was established by Congress as part of the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964. Its purpose is the promotion of part-time employment for students with financial need in order to achieve three main goals:

  1. To assist students in earning money to meet their educational costs
  2. To provide work experience related to the student's chosen academic major or career field; and
  3. To improve relations between the University and the community.

Work-Study is a federally-subsidized program in which wage costs are shared by the federal government and the individual employers. The current wage cost ratio for On-Campus and Off-Campus Employers is 25%-75%. In other words, the employer pays 25% of each student's wage, and the Federal Government pays 75%. 

Students may be employed by the University, government agencies, or private, non-profit organizations working for the public good. Because of its federal funding, the Work-Study Program must adhere to strict regulations enacted by Congress and enforced by the U.S. Department of Education.