Federal Work Study
Federal Work Study (FWS) is an employment program sponsored by the federal government. It is intended to encourage and promote the part-time employment of students, as well as assist the University and its surrounding community. This program provides jobs for undergraduate students who are enrolled at least half-time with financial need as determined by the results from the FAFSA. FWS awards are given on "first-come-first-serve" basis. Due to funding restrictions, FWS may not be awarded to all eligible students. The awarding of work-study also does not guarantee a job, but it does give the recipient priority consideration for work on campus.
FWS money is not credited to a student's account and cannot be used to become "officially registered" with the Business Office. Income earned through FWS does not have to be repaid. Students are paid biweekly for hours worked.
In order to receive Federal Work Study, the student must file their FAFSA and indicate on the FAFSA that they wish to be considered for FWS; we also encourage all students who think they may qualify for FWS to file the FAFSA as soon as possible after January 1 since funds are quite limited. After being awarded work-study, the student "accepts" FWS by finding a job on campus. Jobs can be found at the job fair, which is held within the first two weeks of class each year.