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. 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 must be meeting satisfactory academic progress to be eligible for the program.
Students interested in FWS must answer the questions below to check FWS eligibility. The Financial Aid office will reply via email to the student with eligibility information.
Students must have a completed, official FAFSA in order to determine Federal Work Study (FWS) eligibility.
A student that has confirmed FWS eligibility may then pursue a FWS position. Confirmation of FWS eligibility does not guarantee the student a FWS position.
Departments interested in hiring FWS students must submit their request through the Financial Aid website by completing the Federal Work Study Department Request Form. This form requires hiring managers to indicate the number of desired FWS positions for the 2016-2017 year. Please do not provide student names at this time, only the number of desired positions. Federal Work Study Requests must be submitted to the Office of Financial Aid by April 8th, 2016.
The Office of Financial Aid will notify the final number of approved positions to each department that submitted a request by April 29th. At this point, departments may begin recruiting and identifying students for approved positions and submit EPAFs. The employment period for 2016-2017 FWS is August 17, 2016 through May 5, 2017.
Submission of the Federal Work Study Request Form does not guarantee FWS positions.
Departments are responsible for advertising and recruiting for their FWS positions. Instructions on posting a position are found here.