Work-Study

Students with financial aid may have one of two types of work-study as a part of their financial aid package:

  • Federal Work-Study
  • Reed Work-Study

Use the steps below to see if you have work-study and what type:

Log in to Banner Self-Service → Personal Info → Financial Aid tab → Award → Award for Aid Year → Award Overview tab → [select academic year]

What is work-study?

The amount listed under Work-Study on your financial aid package is the amount of money that Reed expects you to earn through work to help meet your demonstrated need. Most work-study amounts are $2,000/year, which equals about 5 hours of work per week at the Reed student pay rate ($12.50/hour) during academic semesters.

How do I earn my work-study?

Work-study is earned through hourly on-campus student work at Reed (or for students with Federal Work-Study, it can also be earned in off-campus positions through SEEDS). Students with work-study are responsible for seeking out and applying for on-campus positions. Once hired and working, student workers are paid bi-monthly by direct deposit or paper check. Work-study earnings are NOT automatically applied to a student account. It is up to the student to use their earnings for their educational expenses.  

What if I don't earn the full amount of my work award?

Your work-study earnings are meant to assist you in covering your educational expenses. If you don't earn your full work award, you may need to fund those expenses from another resource (additional loan or family contribution); unearned work-study amounts will not be replaced with grant aid.

Do you have to have work-study in order to work on campus?

Students do not need to have work-study in order to work - any current Reed student is eligible to work in on-campus positions. However, many positions prioritize hiring students with accepted work-study awards as a part of their financial aid. *The only exception to this is SEEDS off-campus positions - only students with Federal Work-Study can work in SEEDS off-campus positions.

Who can work in Off-Campus Federal Work-Study Positions through SEEDS?

In order to work in a SEEDS off-campus Federal Work-Study position, you must have Federal Work-Study.  Use the steps below to check if you qualify:

Log in to Banner Self-Service → Personal Info → Financial Aid tab → Award → Award for Aid Year → Award Overview tab → [select academic year]

Award must say Federal Work-Study not Reed Work-Study in order to be eligible to work in SEEDS off-campus Federal Work-Study positions. 

Contact Us

Kate Walford
Student Work Coordinator
503/517-4847

Monday–Friday
8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.
Eliot 202