The Federal Work Study Program (FWS) is a popular federal work program that is available to students that demonstrate financial need. A student needs to complete the FAFSA and be deemed eligible for this program. If a student is found eligible for this program, a Federal Work Study (FWS) award will be included on the financial aid award letter from the financial aid office (typical awards are between $1,500 and $3,500 per year). As this is a federal work program through the U. S. Department of Education, program guidelines are determined by the Department. FWS Program awards allow students to work on campus and earn an actual pay check. Students may also work off campus for a non-profit organization or agency. This is a very popular option and a practical way for students to help pay for incidental college expenses as well as explore areas of interest. Job options on campus vary greatly from college to college. Examples of FWS jobs include positions in food services, the school library, faculty offices, student service or administrative offices, such as the financial aid office or the registration office, the athletic center, retail positions at the school bookstore, or working off campus at non-profit institutions. These are just a few examples of common Federal Work Study (FWS) jobs that are available. There are typically many on campus and off campus work options available for those students who have been awarded Federal Work Study (FWS) as part of their financial aid package.
Federal Work Study (FWS) jobs are not guaranteed, but must be located and applied for by the student. Be sure to begin your job search promptly upon arriving on campus, as certain positions do tend to fill quickly. You can also get a jumpstart on your job search by checking the employment related pages on the college website prior to coming to campus or check with the college’s Student Employment Office for Federal Work Study (FWS) position listings.
Please note that Federal Work Study (FWS) awards cannot be deducted from the college bill; students instead need to work the hours first and then will be paid in the form of an actual check (or direct deposit at some colleges). These monies can be used to offset the cost of books and supplement living expenses.
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