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Federal Work Study Eligibility

To be eligible for federal aid in the form of Federal Work Study, a student must satisfy all the following criteria:

  • meet all institutional requirements;
  • be enrolled at least half-time (six credits) as a degree-seeking student in the master of acupuncture and Oriental medicine (MAcOM) program or doctor of acupuncture and Oriental medicine program (DAOM);
  • have completed the equivalent of at least 90 baccalaureate-level semester credits;
  • be a U.S. Citizen or eligible non-citizen;
  • be making satisfactory academic progress toward completion of the degree program as defined in the Financial Aid Manual, and by AOMA standards and policies;
  • not be in default on a federal student loan at this, or any other institution;
  • not have borrowed in excess of the aggregate loan limits set for the federal direct loan programs;
  • not owe money on a federal student grant at any institution;
  • certify that he/she will use federal student aid only for educational purposes;
  • if a male born after January 1, 1960, be registered for the Selective Service;
  • have a valid Social Security number;
  • complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by June 30 of each year;
  • attend financial aid entrance counseling at the beginning of enrollment;
  • attend regular loan recertification sessions throughout enrollment; and
  • complete financial aid exit counseling prior to graduating, taking a leave of absence, withdrawing from the program, or reducing enrollment below half-time.  

Additional Requirements

  • Because Federal Work Study is need-based, a student must demonstrate financial need on his/her FAFSA to receive a Federal Work Study award. Financial need is determined by calculating the Expected Family Contribution (EFC), and is recalculated annually. For more information regarding need calculations, please click here.
  • Federal Work Study aid is paid in exchange for hours worked in an eligible position. Students have the potential to earn up to the total amount of their Work Study award.