Federal Work Study Program (FWS)

Federal Work-Study is a need-based financial aid program that allows you to work part-time to help pay for college. A Federal Work-Study job is different from other jobs for the following two reasons: (1) the hours are flexible to ensure that you have enough time to study, and (2) when you apply for financial aid the following year, the money you earned through this program isn't used to determine your financial need.

Qualifications

  • Must have a current year FAFSA on file.
  • All Financial Aid requirements must be complete upon submission of an application.
  • Must have a financial need.
  • Students with defaulted loans will not qualify for Federal Work Study.
  • Must meet the Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements.

Important Facts

  • FWS is awarded on first come first serve basis.
  • Funding is limited, so priority consideration will be given to those students who complete all required paperwork/applications in a timely manner. Every student who applies for Federal Work Study will not be awarded FWS.
  • Completing an application does not guarantee a job placement.

Responsibilities of Student

  • Report to work promptly.
  • Notify your supervisor as soon as possible if you will be late or unable to work.
  • Do not conduct personal business on the job.
  • Dress appropriately for your work location.
  • Report accurate hours to your supervisor and sign timesheets on time. Timesheets are to be submitted to the Human Resources office by your supervisor.
  • Students are NOT ALLOWED to work during scheduled class times.
  • Review the Student Worker GuidePDF File

How to Apply

  • Complete the current year FAFSA
  • Complete the Student Worker Job ApplicationPDF File online or you may complete an application with the Career Services Office, Building F, Room 242.

What Happens Next

  • Supervisors who are seeking FWS workers will access the job applications from Career Services. However, if you have an interest to work in a particular area/department you may go to that department to inquire about available FWS positions within that department. Available positions are listed on the Career Services webpage.
  • Once you are selected for a position, the Financial Aid Office will list the amount you can earn on your financial aid awards section on LoLA. You will also receive an Award Notification email stating your awards on LOLA have changed.
  • Once you begin working, you'll receive a bi-weekly paycheck for the hours you work. If you don't work enough hours, you may not earn all of the funds you have been awarded via LoLA. The money you earn through the Federal Work-Study program is paid directly to you. It is up to you to use this money wisely.

How Will I be Paid?

FWS students are paid minimum wage and may be able to work up to 20 hours per week. However, there are several Community Service positions that pay $10.00 per hour. If you are interested in helping (tutoring) elementary school children with reading and/or math homework you should inform the Career Services Office when you complete the FWS job application.

Why Should I Consider a Job on Campus?

  • In addition to the financial benefits, there are other reasons to consider a Federal Work-Study job. Working on campus allows you to meet other students, network with teachers and administrators, and may even give you the opportunity to gain career experience.
  • Money earned from a Federal Work-Study job will not be counted as income when you complete the next year’s FAFSA. Explore your options and find the job that works best for you. However, if you decide that you don't want to work while you’re in college, let the financial aid office know that you no longer want to participate in the Federal Work-Study program.

Additional information regarding Federal Work-Study is available online via the Federal Work-Study sectionWill open new browser window or tab of studentaid.gov.