Federal Work Study

Federal Work Study (FWS) is a federally subsidized work program that encourages the part-time employment of undergraduates who need the income to help pay for the cost of their education.

FWS encourages its recipients to participate in community service activities, such as the America Reads Challenge. Eligibility for FWS jobs is determined by the Financial Aid Office and is primarily reserved for students with financial need. FWS jobs can be on campus or off campus, provided that the off campus jobs are in the public interest or for non-profit organizations. While FWS earnings are taxable, they are not factored in as income on a student’s financial aid application.

  • Please Note: Students do not have to be eligible for Federal Work Study to secure an on campus job. However, as a result of limited on campus positions, students who qualify for FWS are considered first for available on campus student positions. Although this gives FWS eligible students an advantage, this does not guarantee FWS students their first-choice job.

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