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 becoming a federal work study you must fill out the application on the website, then complete a background check and new hire paper work when contacted by Human Resources. You will be contacted if you are requested by faculty and/or staff to work.
Your background check must be completed within 6 days of receiving the notification from Human Resources. If you do not complete this process within 6 days- your paper work will be void and you will have to complete this process again. If you have to complete this process again the Office of Financial Aid may not have the funds available for you to be a work-study for that academic year.
The student and supervisor must sign and submit the Federal Work Study Student Agreement and return to the Office of Financial Aid before the student can begin working.
Any questions? Contact the Office of Financial Aid.