Under the FWS Program, you can work part-time to earn money
for your education. To qualify for the program, you will need to complete the
FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) at www.fafsa.ed.gov.
The FWS Program:
part-time employment while you are enrolled in school.
pay your educational expenses.
available to undergraduate and graduate students.
available to full-time or part-time students.
administered by schools participating in the FWS Program.
community service work and work related to your course of study, whenever
What kinds of jobs are
The FWS Program provides jobs for students demonstrating
financial need. The program encourages community service work and work related
to your course of study.
Work-Study jobs on campus or off campus?
Both. If you work on campus, you will usually work for your
school. If you work off campus, your employer will usually be a private
nonprofit organization or a public agency, and the work performed must be in
the public interest.
Some schools might have agreements with private for-profit
employers for FWS jobs. These jobs must be relevant to your course of study (to
the maximum extent possible). If you attend a proprietary school (e.g., a
for-profit institution), there may be further restrictions on the types of jobs
you can be assigned.
How much can I earn?
You will earn at least the current federal minimum wage.
However, the amount might be higher depending on the type of work you do and
the skills required for the position.
Your total FWS award
When you apply, your level of financial need, and your
school's funding level. (We provide a certain amount of work-study funds; when
all funds have been awarded, no additional work-study awards can be made for
How will I be paid?
student -- by the hour.
student -- by the hour or by salary, depending on the work you do.
school must pay you at least once a month.
Your school must pay you directly unless you request that
the school: send your payments directly to your bank account, or use the money
to pay for your education-related institutional charges such as tuition, fees
and room and board.
Can I work as many
hours as I want?
No. The amount you earn can not exceed your total FWS award.
When assigning work hours, your employer or financial aid administrator will
consider your class schedule and your academic progress.
To learn more and
apply, complete your FAFSA form at www.fafsa.ed.gov