Federal Work-Study Program

Federal Work-Study Program


Federal Work-Study is a form of financial aid awarded to students who demonstrate financial need and meet certain eligibility requirements. Eligibility is determined by the annual completion of the FAFSA, enrollment status, and Satisfactory Academic Progress. ONLY students qualified by the Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships with an unmet need are eligible to participate in the program.

Federal Work-Study provides opportunities for eligible students to work part-time to earn money to pay for their expenses. Unlike other financial aid, money earned from Federal Work-Study employment is paid directly to students, not disbursed to their student accounts. Payroll checks are issued twice a month and reflect the number of hours worked (if any) and the student’s hourly rate of pay (wages vary throughout campus departments, but will always be at least minimum wage).

Students who receive Federal Work-Study funds as part of their financial aid package will need to apply for available on-campus jobs and be hired by a department in order to begin earning FWS. The Federal Work-Study program provides funding to departments so that they can provide many Federal Work-Study opportunities. Being awarded Federal Work-Study doesn’t guarantee you a job.

Becoming a Student Employee

For more information on becoming a student employee, please review important information in the links below.

Federal Work-Study Eligibility Requirements

After being awarded Federal Work-Study

Steps to find a work-study job

Student Employment Resume Template

Search open Federal Work-Study jobs

Apply for Work-Study jobs


Work-Study Employee Information

For more information on what to do after hired, please review the Federal Work Study: Employee section.

Federal Work Study: Employee


Employer Information

Employers should visit the Federal Work Study: Employer section for important information and forms regarding Federal Work Study student employees.

Federal Work Study: Employer