Federal Work Study (FWS) is a need based form of Federal financial aid. Before you can be hired in a work study job, you must complete the entire financial aid process and be awarded work study. FWS provides jobs for students with financial need allowing them to earn money to help pay educational expenses. Students are awarded based on availability of funding on a first-come, first-served basis. Look on your financial aid award letter for your Potential Federal Work Study award amount to see how much is available to you to earn each term.
What are the benefits of Federal Work Study?
Work Study Wages
Students are paid monthly based on the number of hours worked each month. You may choose to work fewer hours than you have available, but the amount you earn each term cannot exceed your total award for the term as indicated on your award letter. In most cases FWS can be increased. If you use your initial award please come to the financial aid office to see if additional FWS is available.
How do I find a job?
Review the Jobs List to see what employment opportunities are available on and off campus. The list will be updated as jobs change or get added. All FWS opportunities are also listed out side the financial aid office in Columbia Hall. Locations, supervisor names and contact numbers are given along with job descriptions and hours available. Pick a job or jobs you might like to do and contact the supervisor to schedule a time for an interview. When the supervisor approves you to work, have the supervisor fill out the Payroll Authorization that is part of the FWS downloadable paperwork . Once signed, it is returned to the Welcome Center.