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Limited work-study is available to US citizens or permanent residents. HKS discourages first-year students from working and therefore if insufficient funds are available to meet demand, preference will go to second-year students.
Work-study is a federal financial aid program which subsidizes employers who hire work-study recipients. Rather than incurring the full cost of a work-study recipient's wages, the employer is typically responsible for as little as 30%.
Because of the savings to the employer, receiving work-study can significantly assist work-study recipients in securing positions that the employer might otherwise not have been able to offer or to secure a higher hourly wage than the work-study recipient might otherwise have been able to receive.
The amount of a work-study allocation reflects an earnings cap and is not a guarantee that you will receive the full amount of allocation. A typical work-study allocation would be $3,000. To utilize work-study recipients must secure a position and file their time weekly through PeopleSoft documenting the hours worked. Total earnings will be the student's hourly rate (maximum of $18.15/hour) multiplied by the hours worked per week times the number of weeks worked. Once a student reaches the total earnings cap (which is inclusive of the employer-portion of earnings--not in addition to it), the employer must begin paying 100% of the student's wages if they wish to continue the student's employment.