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Federal Work-Study Program

Federal Work-Study (FWS) is a federally funded program which provides part-time jobs to eligible undergraduate and graduate degree-seeking students while in school. FWS positions are located on-campus and off-campus, and many provide a much needed service to students and members within the local community. These positions are available during the fall, spring, and summer terms of the academic year.  Students may work up to 20 hours per week when school is in session (25 hours during the summer term) and may not earn more than their scheduled award.

In order to be considered for FWS, students must have:

Funds are limited. Students that are currently active in the FWS program will receive initial consideration when awarding these funds for the upcoming award year as long as the requirements have been met at the time of review. If remaining funds are available after the current FWS students have been awarded, new participants in the FWS program will be awarded FWS for the upcoming award year. Awarding will cease when funds are exhausted.

Beginning August 1st, students who are new to the FWS program and have not been awarded FWS will be sent an email instructing them to complete an online form confirming their educational and career interest and will be asked to upload a copy of their resume.  Students will also select one of three mandatory FWS Orientation sessions to attend during the Weeks of Welcome.  The FWS Orientation will include resume writing and a meeting with a Student Employment team member to discuss possible FWS placements in the student’s field.  Students will have until week 6 of the semester to secure a FWS position.

Summer FWS

Summer FWS is awarded to active FWS students who are planning on working between the end of the spring semester and June 30th.  FWS will be awarded until funds are exhausted.

In order to work from the end of the Spring semester until June 30th, students must:

Only students with a summer FWS award will be hired in a summer FWS position. Summer positions must be secured by the last day of the spring term or the award will be cancelled.

The initial award will allow students to work until June 30th, the end of the current award year. Recognizing that some summer positions extend past June 30th, students are allowed to utilize eligibility from the upcoming award year to remain working in these positions until the end of the summer semester.

In order to continue working after June 30th, students must:


•    Have a valid FAFSA on file for the upcoming year;
•    Be registered for at least half-time hours for the fall semester;
•    Completed verification/resolved Caution-Flag issues for the upcoming year;
•    Have an EFC of $25,000 or below for the upcoming year;
•    Have remaining need in the Cost of Attendance budget for the upcoming year.


All of these steps must be completed by June 1st in order to be eligible to work past June 30th. No exceptions will be made.


Please make note that earnings past June 30th are coming out of the FWS award for the upcoming award year. It is the student’s responsibility to monitor earnings and adjust hours as needed. There will be no additional funding for overextending the awarded amount for the subsequent year.

FWS is not a grant. It is a federally funded compensation program. Students that do not work will not receive the funds awarded to them and the award will be cancelled after a period of inactivity.