The Federal Work-Study (FWS) program provides part-time jobs for undergraduates and graduate students with financial need, allowing them to earn money to help pay for education expenses. Students must complete the FAFSA each year by the priority deadline date of March 1st in order to determine eligibility for the program. Students may work up to 20 hours per week while classes are in session and 40 hours per week during school breaks. Students offered work study on their financial aid award can earn up that amount for the academic year. Once this amount is reached, the student can no longer be paid under the Federal Work-Study program. The rate of pay is at least the current federal minimum wage but can be higher depending on the type of work the student performs and the skills required. Students must be enrolled at least half-time in a degree-seeking program and be meeting satisfactory academic progress to be eligible for the program. Students offered work-study on their financial aid award are not guaranteed a work-study position as federal funding and available positions are limited.
Taxable Federal Work-Study Earnings
Earnings under the federal work-study program are earned income and subject to federal, state, and local tax withholding unless a student claims exemption on the form W-4. Students employed under the federal work-study program will receive a W-2 form at the end of January, which documents all earnings at the University. It is the student's responsibility to report those earnings on their income tax returns.
It is the student's responsibility to report all taxable earnings on the FAFSA. Students should also include their taxable earnings from the Federal Work-Study program as an exclusion on Worksheet C of the FAFSA.