Valuable Work Experience That Pays Off

Work-Study is an opportunity available to students at UM-Flint that has many benefits.

A wide variety of departments on campus employ students every year. Work-Study allows students to gain relevant work experience that helps to cover tuition costs. Each semester, students who are receiving student aid can sign up for this opportunity, and apply for jobs with departments on campus. University department staff and faculty work with students around their schedule to ensure they are getting on-the-job training that will set them up for future success in the workplace. It is a win-win situation for students who often need work experience and a way to pay for their education.

Below are step-by-step instructions about the process of participating in the Work-Study program at UM-Flint. Got more questions? Contact the Office of Financial Aid.

Applying for a Job

Filing the Federal Application For Student Aid
Filling out the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) is required to be eligible for work-study funds. To be eligible for work-study funds, make sure you file the FAFSA prior to the March 1 priority deadline. Make sure that when you fill out the application, you indicate that you wish to receive work-study funds.

Accepting Funds

Check the Award Letter
After filing the FAFSA, all students will receive an electronic copy of the financial aid offer notice in their student email account. First-time UM-Flint students will receive a paper copy of this offer notice. The offer notice will indicate whether or not work-study has been offered. 

What if I Wasn’t Offered Work-Study Funds?
Students may apply for work-study each year. Professional experience and learning opportunities may also be found by applying for one of many volunteer opportunities.

Accepting Aid on SIS (Student Information System)
Work-Study funds are accepted just like any other type of aid – they must be accepted electronically by September 30 on SIS. Learn more about how to view/accept aid on SIS here

How Do I Receive the Offer?
The work-study program is very similar to a regular job. You will receive a paycheck when you work. You may earn up to your offer each semester. You may also set up direct deposit through e-Refund

Finding a Job

Job offerings are listed online at as they become available. Learn more about how to apply for a job here


The Work-Study Program’s Online Orientation document covers information from appropriate dress to confidentiality and it should prepare you for success in a work-study position. Reading the material should take no longer than 30 minutes

Tracking & Entering Time
A work-study job is earned like any other job with an hourly pay rate. There is a limit on the number of hours a student may work during the semester to earn their offer. It is the responsibility of the student to track the hours worked through Wolverine Access.