Federal Work Study


The Federal Work Study is a Federal Financial Aid program. The Federal Work Study Program provides part-time jobs for undergraduate and graduate students with financial need. It allows them to earn money to help pay educational expenses. Jobs are available either on or off-campus and includes community service in after-school programs and work within city agencies. Federal Work Study (FWS) is financial aid paid to students as hourly wages for a job they obtain through a placement process in the Financial Aid Office. Although students are awarded FWS, they must be screened for eligibility before they can actually start to work. FWS gives students an opportunity to gain work experience related to their program of study or career choice. For some students, FWS is their first job. Students are limited to working 20 hours a week while classes are in session, but they may work up to 35 hours a week during vacation periods with the permission of the Financial Aid office. The current hourly pay rate is $9.00 for undergraduate students and $10.00 for graduate students. This is determined by the Financial Aid office based on a combination of job location (on or off campus), job description, and the student’s year in college.