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Student Employment: Federal Work Study


The Federal Work Study Program

Federal Work-Study (FWS) is awarded to undergraduates with the highest financial need after their eligibility for grants and need-based scholarships has been considered. The FWS program is a form of financial aid that allows you to earn money to pay for a portion of your educational expenses. The program encourages both community service work and work related to your course of study. FWS is one of the few types of financial aid awarded by the Office of Financial Assistance that does not credit directly to your University account. Rather, you must work to earn the amount of FWS for which you may be eligible. Student employees are paid every two weeks. Starting salary for Federal Work Study positions is the prevailing federal/state minimum wage, whichever is higher, which as of July 1, 2010 is $8.25.

If your Award Letter includes an FWS award, you may search CareerConnect for available positions. If you wish to decline your FWS award or reduce your award, (minimum FWS award is $1,000.00) and request additional Federal Stafford Loan monies please call or visit the Office of Financial Assistance. An advisor will be able to determine if you have additional loan eligibility.

If your Award Letter did not include an FWS award but you would like to work on campus as an FWS student, please call or visit the Office of Financial Assistance. An advisor will be able to determine your eligibility for an FWS award. If you have been awarded a student loan, your student loan eligibility may be reduced.