Work Study

Federal work-study is a federally-funded program that allows students with financial need to earn money to help pay for educational-related expenses. A Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be on file with the university's financial aid office in order to determine your eligibility. If eligible, you may receive up to $5,000 of work-study for the summer term, $3,500 for the fall term, and $3,500 for the spring term.

St. Thomas Law students have worked off campus for various employers via the federal work-study program. Some examples include:

  • 1st Judicial District, Public Defender
  • 2nd Judicial District, Public Defender
  • 7th Judicial District, Public Defender
  • 10th Judicial District, Public Defender
  • Dakota County Attorney’s Office
  • Olmstead County Attorney’s Office 
  • Washington County Attorney’s Office

The federal work-study application process includes the following steps:

  1. Complete the (FAFSA).
  2. Talk to Chad Nosbusch, Director of Graduate Financial Aid, or Becky Stevenson, Assistant Director of Graduate Financial Aid, to determine your eligibility for federal work-study. If you meet the criteria for a federal work-study award you will be provided with a federal work-study application.
  3. Apply for a position that advertises that federal work-study eligibility is desired.
  4. Get hired!
  5. Determine with your employer/supervisor what your hourly rate of pay will be and approximately how many hours per week you will work.
  6. Complete the student section of the federal work-study application you were provided by the financial aid office.
  7. Forward your completed federal work-study application to Treva Peters in the Law School Dean’s office. You may be asked to share what your hourly rate of pay will be and approximately how many hours per week you will work in order to calculate an appropriate award.
  8. The financial aid office will review the completed federal work-study application and send you an official email with the details of your federal work-study award.
  9. The law school will share the official award details with your employer.
  10. Start work!