Work Study

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If you have applied for financial aid and have been offered work-study, you have an opportunity to gain great work experience and network with professionals inside and outside the Duke community.

Undergraduate Students

 

All students who apply for financial aid will be offered work study, regardless of financial need. To learn more about the work-study program and how it may benefit you, see the links below.


Graduate Students

As a graduate student, you'll need to contact your program's financial aid office to determine if you are eligible for work study.  If you've already been offered work study, the links below provide helpful information about the program.

Duke Employers

Duke University departments hire work study students directly. Each pay period, student hours are submitted to payroll.

  • For Federal Work Study student participants, payroll will deduct 75% of the allocated earnings to be paid to the student from a Work Study WBS Element (which the student will provide); the remaining 25% of the allocated earnings is deducted from the department's cost center. All (100%) of the student's earnings in excess of the allocation will be deducted from the department's cost center.
  • For Duke Work Study student participants, payroll will deduct 50% of the allocated earnings to be paid to the student from a Duke Work Study cost center (which the student will provide); the remaining 50% of the allocated earnings is deducted from the department's cost center. All (100%) of the student's earnings in excess of the allocation will be deducted from the department's cost center.

Non-Profit Employers

Non-profit agencies participate in work study programs administered by Duke University through collaboration with the Duke Community Service Center. Non-profits must qualify to participate in the program (see contract).

A participating non-profit hires Duke students directly and pays the students through the non-profit's normal pay routine, with the understanding that work study earnings are tax exempt.  The student will receive paychecks through the non-profit, not through Duke.

Both Federal Work Study and Duke Work Study student participants are eligible to work for a participating non-profit until the maximum work study allocation amount has been earned.

  • For Federal Work Study student participants, the non-profit will be reimbursed for 90% of the student's earnings.  The remaining 10% of the student's total earnings is the responsibility of the non-profit agency.  Reimbursement requests for total earnings in excess of the student's work study allocation will not be processed.
  • For Duke Work Study student participants, the non-profit will be reimbursed for 50% of the student's earnings.  The remaining 50% of the student's total earnings is the responsibility of the non-profit agency.  Reimbursement requests for total earnings in excess of the student's work study allocation will not be processed.