Undergraduate Federal Work Study

The Federal Work-Study (FWS) Program Provides Part-time Jobs for Undergraduate and Graduate Students With Financial Need, Allowing Them to Earn Money to Help Pay for Education Expenses.


Students must complete the FAFSA each year 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 (6 credits for undergraduate/ 5 credits for graduate) in a degree-seeking program and must be meeting satisfactory academic progress to be eligible for the program.

To Check Your Eligibility

  • Submit a FWS eligibility request (below).
  • Students must have a completed, official FAFSA in order to determine Federal Work Study (FWS) eligibility.
  • Once FWS eligibility has been confirmed by the Financial Aid Office, the student may then pursue a FWS position.
  • Confirmation of FWS eligibility does not guarantee the student a FWS position.
  • For a list of available employment positions, students may log in at Eagle Career Network.

Federal Work Study Information for Departments

What’s new?

- For the 2024-2025 award year, departments will NOT need to request a set number of positions.  

- If a department had FWS positions during the 2023-24 award year, the same number of position will rollover to the 2024-25 award year. Ways to obtain a work study position will be discussed in the information sessions.

- Departments wanting to employ FWS students for the first time will be able to do so without submitting a formal request for positions.