Earn while you learn with the Work-Study program in the US
If studying in the US was your long-cherished desire but the exorbitant fee structure weakened your spirits, here’s some good news coming your way. With the now existing work-study program on offer for international students, you can earn your degree and make a living alongside.
The dual benefit of work-study is offered only during the academic session. Eligible students can get a job in the University itself or with an approved off-campus employer. Following criteria must be fulfilled to claim eligibility:-
- Display a financial need as determined by the Financial Aid Office.
- A steady and satisfactory academic progress (e.g. at least a cumulative 2.0 GPA) while in the work-study program.
Your wages would depend on the type of work you do and the skills required for the same. It would also depend on other factors like when you apply for the job, your level of financial need and your school’s funding level. If you are an undergraduate student, you will be paid hourly. If you are a graduate or professional student, you are paid by the hour or salary, depending on the amount of work done. The number of working hours cannot exceed your total Federal Work-Study award.
The international graduate students enrolled in this program are allowed to work as interns. Depending upon the duration of the program, the maximum hours per week can be 40+. A minimum of 15 hours of classroom studies per week should be completed in the University where you are enrolled. The Career Services department provides assistance to students for finding suitable work. Schools with this program offer work permit for full-time off-campus employment right from the start of the graduate studies. You can get curriculum-related employment in any of the local US based companies. In such cases, it is more feasible to work during the day while pursuing evening or weekend classes.