Benefits & Eligibility

Benefits of Work Study

Aside from earning income, students find that work study provides them with many other benefits, including:

  • Transferable work skills and experience. These are essential in your post-graduation employment search. While you may not be performing the same tasks in your career, you will have to understand the expectations of an employer and develop interpersonal skills.
  • Better time management skills. Several studies have shown that university students that work more than 5 but less than 20 hours per week, earn higher grades than their non-working peers.
  • Positive references. Good working relationships with staff members can lead to excellent letters of recommendation or references for future jobs and continuing education.

Work Study Eligibility

The MU Office of Student Financial Aid is responsible for the initial awarding of Federal Work Study to eligible students. This opportunity is awarded to students who:

Students must complete additional steps in order to be able to select a work study position:

  • Accept your Federal Work Study award
    – Login to myZou to accept your award
  • Submit all required documents listed in the myZou To Do List

If a student is not eligible for the Federal Work Study program, they may look for other part-time employment opportunities by visiting the employment website. The site features both campus positions as well as off-campus jobs within Columbia.