Federal Work-Study

Federal Work-Study (FWS) is a federally subsidized work program that encourages the part-time employment of undergraduates who need income to help pay for their education. Eligibility for FWS jobs is determined by the Financial Aid Office and is primarily reserved for students with financial needs. Federal Work-Study is not the same as Bates Work-Study.

Students with FWS receive subsidized pay for on-campus jobs and some off-campus non-profit/community-engaged work. The Harward Center is the on-campus liaison for FWS students, community programs, and non-profit organizations. All FWS students who would like to participate in community service activities as part of their FWS must go through the Harward Center. To contact the Harward Center about this opportunity, email mdeschai@bates.edu or call 207-786-6202. While FWS earnings are taxable, they are not factored in as income on a student’s financial aid application.

All campus jobs are open to all students (regardless of work-study eligibility or not). However, FWS students are prioritized during the hiring process for the first two weeks of classes.

More question? You can find the Harward Center at 161 Wood Street, Lewiston, Maine. Drop-ins are welcome!

To learn more general information about Federal Work-Study, we suggest browsing through the following informational and user-friendly website: http://www2.ed.gov/programs/fws/index.html.