Big changes for fall 2023
- Work Study is now available to undergraduate and graduate students (without a graduate
- Work Study eligibility is determined by the value remaining in your Cost of Attendance
budget after your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) and other need-based financial
- MSU received a substantial increase in Federal Work Study funding for the 2023-2024
aid year. This will increase the number of students who can be awarded.
- Standard Work Study awards will be increased from $3,000 to $3,300 for the 2023-2024
- Current students paid through departmental budgets may now qualify for Work Study.
What is Work Study?
- Eligibility determination is based on completion of student's FAFSA. Work Study eligibility
is determined by the value remaining in your Cost of Attendance budget after your
Expected Family Contribution (EFC) and other need-based financial aid awards.
- Work study students are paid through federal funding that is allocated to the university.
- Federal work study is not like a grant or loan where you receive the money in a lump
sum. It is a regular job where you work, then get paid for the hours you worked in
that pay period.
- Work study students are paid the same as any student employee. A student can use their
earnings in any manner they see fit; they are not required to use the money on their
- The number of students who qualify for work-study is much greater than the allotment
that the university receives, so not every student who qualifies will receive work
- Some departments do not have a budget allotment for student employees. These departments
rely on work-study employees to provide labor that is at no cost to their departmental
budget. This is why some positions you see may be "work study required". You must
have received work study on your award letter to apply to these positions.
If you qualify for work study funding and you did not receive it on your financial
aid awards, you can sign up for the work study waiting list. The link to sign up
is located on your MyMissouriState menu under the financial aid section. The work
study waitlist opens on August 1st. Work study wait list funding is awarded on a
first come, first serve basis as it becomes available.