COVID-19 Work-Study/Student Worker Supervisor FAQ

Guidance for Supervisors

COVID-19 presents Penn with an unprecedented situation, and the University is doing everything in its power to continue supporting students whose semesters have been severely disrupted. This is especially critical for students who rely on student employment for income throughout the semester.

This page has been updated to reflect guidance for the summer work-study program. 

Penn will be offering a limited summer work-study program this year. Given the University’s decision to continue remote learning for the remainder of the summer, you may choose to offer remote work opportunities through the Federal Work-Study program. We anticipate there will be fewer work-study jobs this summer, as not all work will translate to remote work.

The Student Employment Office will notify all students awarded Federal Work-Study of our approach to summer work-study. 

Please contact the Student Employment Office with any questions at

The summer work-study program begins May 18, 2020 and ends August 24, 2020.

May 18 is the first day you can appoint a student to a SEMS summer work-study job number.

An eligible student will receive a $6,000 work-study award for the summer or $3,000 per summer session.

Note: The International Student Work-Study award is not offered in the summer.

Students may work up to 40 hours per week in the summer.

The matching share is 50% federal grant and 50% department.