Federal Work-Study (FWS) is financial aid that is based on financial need and must be earned through student employment. Many job opportunities are available to eligible students on or off grounds. FWS funds are not credited to the student account up front and so should not be factored into the budgeting process for semester payment plans or how much you might need to pay out of pocket at the start of a term.
The FWS program provides part-time employment opportunities to eligible students to help meet the cost of education. Eligibility for the program is based on financial need and must be earned through student employment. Many job opportunities are available to eligible students on or off grounds.
It is your responsibility to notify your employer immediately if your work study offer is reduced or canceled. You are not eligible to work as a work-study student if you have earned the full amount of your work study offer for the year or if your work study is canceled. You will be notified by Student Financial Services by email of any changes to your financial aid offer.
Graduate students may be considered for work study upon request. To request to be considered for FWS, choose this option on the FAFSA. Annual award amounts can be up to $5,000 for graduate students. See Applying For Aid.
More information is available in the 2020-2021 Federal Work-Study Student Handbook.