You may be eligible for work-study while you are enrolled at Harvard Kennedy School so long as you are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident with demonstrated financial need as determined from reviewing your FAFSA information.

Work-study is a federal financial aid program that subsidizes employers who hire work-study recipients like you. Positions are typically on campus, but some nonprofits or other external organizations may be eligible. Rather than incurring the full cost of your work-study wages, an employer is typically responsible for about 30 percent.

Due to these savings, employers are sometimes able to offer positions they normally wouldn't fund, or pay a higher hourly wage than usual. The amount of a work-study allocation reflects an earnings cap and is not a guarantee that you'll receive the full amount of allocation, which is typically around $4,000.

To be a work-study student, you must secure a position and submit the number of hours worked each week using the PeopleSoft platform. Your total earnings will be your hourly rate (maximum of $20/hour) multiplied by the hours worked per week, times the number of weeks worked. Once you reach the total earnings cap—which is inclusive of the employer-portion of earnings, not in addition to it—the employer must begin paying 100 percent of your wages if you want to continue employment.