Work Study Employment

Work Study

Work-Study is a part-time job opportunity with the wages being used to help pay for college expenses. Students are awarded a work-study allocation which is the amount that they are able to earn throughout the academic year. A typical award is $4,000 a year with an average pay rate of $12.46/hour. Students are paid every other week by direct deposit to their personal bank accounts. It is recommended that a work-study job be located within the 1st four weeks of the term for which the award is made.

30% of student wages are paid from the employing department’s account, and 70% are paid from the work-study account.  Students must apply for and receive a work-study award from the Office of Financial Aid and then apply for open positions on RAMweb with approved employers.


Need-Based Work Study

Need-based work study is awarded to degree-seeking students based upon documentation of financial need and the availability of funds.  If eligible, students may receive work-study as part of their financial aid award.  If not, students may request consideration for an award by contacting the Office of Financial Aid.

Funding sources include the Federal Work-Study Program and the State of Colorado Work-Study Program.

  • Colorado need-based work-study is available to:  1st Bachelor’s undergraduate Colorado residents only
  • Federal need-based work-study is available to undergraduate and graduate resident & nonresident students.

​As part of the Federal Work-Study Program, students have the option to participate in Community Service Work-Study, which provides opportunities for students to work in local community service agencies off-campus, or as Literacy/Math Tutors in local elementary schools.


Request Work Study

The Non-Need Work-Study Program provides degree-seeking students without financial need an opportunity to be employed in work-study jobs. To receive the initial award, students must apply via RAMweb. Students who have work-study earnings one year should have it renewed for the next year.  The Non-Need Work-Study has limited funding and is awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis. The application opens on RAMweb at 8:00 am MST, May 3rd, 2021 for the following academic year.