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The Kansas Career Work-Study program is a state-funded program intended to provide employers with incentives to hire KU students in career-related positions.

Student Eligibility Criteria

To participate in the Kansas Career Work-Study program, you must meet the following minimum eligibility requirements:

  • Be a resident of the State of Kansas
  • Maintain a cumulative 2.0 GPA or higher
  • Be enrolled in a minimum of 6 hours
  • Maintain a minimum semester 2.0 GPA
  • Have a declared major related to work performed

Kansas Career Work-Study Award Limit

You must file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered for this program. If awarded, you will be advised of the maximum amount you can earn. Your employer is reimbursed for half of your earnings. It is the responsibility of both you and your employer to make sure that you do not earn more than your limit.

Employer Eligibility Criteria:

To participate in the Kansas Career Work-Study program, employers must meet the following minimum eligibility requirements:

  • Have a Federal Employee Identification Number (FEIN)
  • Be a State of Kansas business using a Kansas bank
  • Be willing to operate as your employer (you are not a KU employee)

To participate, employers must submit an application to the University Career Center (UCC). To be eligible for a contract, an employer must either have eligible students working for them or be in the process of hiring an eligible student. The amount of the contract is based on the estimated hours per week that the student(s) will work, multiplied by the hourly wage and the number of weeks the student will work. This amount is then divided in half to determine the amount that will be reimbursed by the State of Kansas. If the estimation is too low, an amendment may be granted if the funds are available. Employers are responsible for interviewing and hiring the student participants. Students are put on the employer's regular payroll and the employers are responsible for social security deductions, etc. When classes are in session, you may work up to 20 hours per week. When classes are not in session, as well as the summer, you may work up to 40 hours per week. Employers submit invoices at least once a month for reimbursement. It can take up to four weeks for the reimbursement check to arrive. It is to the employer's benefit to submit invoices as quickly as possible. For further information about the Kansas Career Work-Study program, visit the University Career Center (UCC) website. You may contact the UCC at 785-864-3624 or

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