Federal Work Study Program
The Federal Work Study (FWS) Program is a federally funded need-based financial aid program in which eligible undergraduate and graduate students work part-time jobs on-campus, off-campus, and in community service opportunities allowing students to earn money to help pay education expenses.
Work Study is a grant that students earn through work. It is not a loan that must be repaid. Funds and positions are limited and not all qualifying students will receive a job.
* Note: We are no longer accepting applications for the 2016-2017 academic year. The FWS Application for 2017-2018 will be available on the Career Services site in mid-June. Click here for more information
Federal Work Study Awards
If you are eligible for Federal Work Study and hired by a department, the FWS award will be listed and posted on your financial aid award in Campus Cruiser/WebAdvisor/Financial Aid Self Service/ ”View or Print Your Award.”
Students must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or Renewal application every year to apply for financial aid, which includes the FWS Program. The Financial Aid Office uses the FAFSA to establish a student’s eligibility to participate in the FWS Program.
The Financial Aid Office reserves the right to reduce or cancel financial aid awards based upon Federal and/or State agency guidelines and the submission of required documentation. Overall if the total awarded financial aid (federal grants, loans, and scholarships) exceeds eligibility, awards can be reduced or canceled.
Students and the Federal Work Study Coordinator are responsible for ensuring that the supervisor is notified of any changes to work study awards.
Payment through Federal Work Study earnings are based on an hourly rate for actual hours worked. Students are not paid for lunch, breaks or holidays.