Under the Federal Work-Study (FWS) Program, students can earn money for their education by working part-time while enrolled in school. Federal Work-Study funds are limited. Employment and/or positions are not guaranteed for all those who qualify or who apply.
FWS awards are deducted from your financial need/cost of attendance and the award is paid to the student via paycheck, per institution pay schedule. If you are awarded a FWS, the award amount listed on your award notification is the maximum you may earn during the award period. You are not guaranteed to earn this amount, but rather is a reasonable estimate of what you should be able to earn.
Your total FWS award depends on:
- when you apply;
- your level of financial need/cost of attendance;
- your school's funding level;
- number of hours a week a student can work;
- period of employment;
- anticipated wage rate; and
- a supervisor's willingness to hire you.
If you are interested in the Federal Work-Study program, and for additional information please see our FWS Student Checklist. You can also contact the Office of Financial Aid with further questions.