Summer Work Study

The summer work study program allows students to earn income while gaining valuable legal experience over the summer.The Summer Work Study application process is a two-part process. The first part is to determine your eligiblilty for a summer work study grant. Work study is a federally funded program and to be eligible, applicants must comply with the requirements and procedures outlined below. The second part of the process is to ensure that you have a source of the required work study matching funds.

Matching Funds Information

  • Summer Work Study Law Foundation Matching Grant Application - Download here
  • Summer Work Study Payroll Instructions - available April 21, 2014 and will be provided to all recipients of matching grants

Students whose employer is not able to contribute the required 25% matching funds should complete an application for Summer Work Study Law Foundation Matching Grants. Students with Law Foundation Summer Fellowships still need to complete an application for matching funds and should indicate that they plan to use a portion of their Fellowship as matching funds.

Students who will be working for the Law School or as a research assistant for a professor this summer do not need to apply for a matching grant and should contact Cynthia Gale in Room 814 of Klein Hall.

Applications should be submitted to the Law School Financial Aid Office and will be logged in as they are received. Decisions will be based on SPIN priority, availability of funds, class year and other factors.

Students who apply for summer matching funds by Monday, April 14th will be notifed of their eligibility no later than Monday, April 21st.

Summer Work Study Payroll Instructions

Payroll instructions will be available once summer awards are determined.

Summer Work Study FAQs

How do I apply for summer work study?

To determine your eligibilty for summer work study you must submit both the 2014-2015 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the 2014-2015 Temple Law School Financial Aid Application by the March 1, 2014 deadline. The March 1st deadline is extremely important. If your forms, particularly the FAFSA application, are not received by that date, we cannot guarantee that your information will be processed in time to award you a work study grant for the summer. Work study is a need-based form of financial aid and you must demonstrate financial need in order to receive a work study award. You may be required to submit additional information in order to supplement or complete your summer work study application so you should respond to requests for additional information from the Law School Financial Aid Office in a timely manner to ensure that your application is completed in enough time to award you a summer work study grant.

When will I find out if I qualify?

Summer work study award notifications will begin in March and students will be notified via their Temple email. If you are awarded a summer work study grant you will receive an email notification letting you know that your award letter is available for you to view online via SSB. For most students the financial aid office will be able to advise you as to the likelihood of your receiving a work study award if you need to know before that time in order to apply for or accept a specific summer position.

How do I find an eligible work study position?

It is your responsibility to find your own employment. You may consult with the Office of Career Planning for assistance. If you are not sure if a position requires you to have work study, please find out from your employer as soon as possible.

Your employer must be nonprofit; however it need not be law-related employment to qualify. Working as a research assistant for a law professor, clerking for a judge, or working for a government or non-profit organization are all examples of eligible work study employers. Summer work study cannot be used for positions at private or for-profit employers or law firms.

How much can I earn through the summer work study program?

The award amount for the summer of 2014 will be $4,000. You must work in order to earn this funding and you will be paid on an hourly basis. The hourly rate will be determined by your employer, however most students can expect to earn $10 an hour. You may continue working throughout the summer until you have exhausted the amount of your work study award. Your work schedule will be determined by you and your employer, however under University payroll guidelines you may not work more than 40 hours a week.

Summer work study funds may be earned over a specified period of time over the summer (typically 14-15 weeks beginning in mid- May). You may work either before or after the summer work study period, however you will not be paid for any of the time worked outside of that time frame.

Can I use a summer work study grant if I am working in another state?

Yes. As long as you will be working in an eligible work study position you can use your summer work study grant to be paid. You can check with the Law School Financial Aid Office to see if your job will be eligible for work study. You will need to make sure that you complete all of the required payroll documentation before you leave the Philadelphia area as you will not be paid if that paperwork has not been completed.

What are work study matching funds?

In order to be paid from work study funds, your employer must contribute 25% of your earnings. This contribution amount is known as the matching funds. Many employers cannot afford to contribute the 25% match. If your employer is unable to make the required match you can apply for a Law Foundation Matching Grant from the Law School Financial Aid Office. There is no longer any PHEAA funding available for summer work study matching funds.

The Law School Financial Aid Office has established a priority system for awarding Law Foundation Matching Grants. The Student Public Interest Network (SPIN), in cooperation with the Law School, holds a fundraising auction each spring to raise money for matching funds and individual grants. Since the Law School relies on a successful auction to provide as many matching grants as possible, first priority for matching funds will be given to students who participate in SPIN and fulfill the 15+1 requirement for priority as determined by the SPIN board.

Click here for more information on SPIN, the 15+1 requirement and SPIN Honors Awards

What is the Summer Work Study Allocation?

Work study is a federally funded financial aid program and federal regulations stipulate that a portion of a student's summer earnings must be used to meet educational expenses during the following academic year. The amount, known as the summer work study allocation, is determined by subtracting taxes and job related costs from the student's gross summer earnings. The summer work study allocation is then included in the student's financial aid package for the upcoming academic year as a source of need based aid.

For example, a student who earns $4,000 in summer work study is expected to contribute $2,520 toward his/her 2014-2015 academic year cost of attendance. This amount could be less based upon a student's particular circumstances and students are encouraged to contact the Law School Financial Aid Office for further information. If you attend classes during the summer, summer work study eligibility is based on demonstrated financial need for the summer enrollment period and the allocation of work study earnings is not applicable.

Can I earn academic credit for my summer work study job?

No. Students who are working and who are being paid cannot earn academic credit. If you would like more informaton on how to earn academic credit for your summer experience, please visit the T-SPEC website.