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. Federal Work-Study is not the same as Bates Work-Study.

Student employment at Bates is open to all students, regardless of whether or not they receive financial aid. Bates participates in the Federal Work-Study Program, a need-based program that funds student earnings for on- and off-campus jobs. Bates also funds student employment for students who don’t qualify for Federal Work-Study. FWS students are prioritized during the hiring process for the first two weeks of classes.

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 fhaji2@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.

More questions? 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.