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|Improve Federal Work-Study|
Improve Federal Work-Study
The Federal Work-Study program allows institutions to provide funding for students to work, either on or off campus (with limitations), to earn money that can be used to defray the cost of a higher education.
Institutions of higher education receive a lump sum of dollars from the federal government, and then determine which students are eligible for work-study awards based on their enrollment. Currently, the total lump sum for each college is determined in part by the length of time an institution has participated in the Federal Work-Study program. This formula gives an advantage to older institutions, including elite ones enrolling fewer low-income students, over younger colleges.
NCAN calls for Congress to improve and expand the federal work-study program by:
Read stories from NCAN members and students that highlight the importance of the Federal Work-Study program. For low-income students, every dollar counts when piecing together a financial aid package.