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Federal Work Study Program

The Federal Work Study Program (FWS) is funded by the Federal Government. It is intended to promote and encourage part-time employment of students to assist the University and its surrounding community.

FWS may be available for students who meet the priority deadline date and the Federal Government's eligibility criteria. This program allows students to earn money to assist in paying for educational expenses. These awards are not available to pay tuition and fees because they are earned throughout the semester.

Applying for FWS

In order to receive FWS you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year. The priority deadline is February 1; however, funds may be depleted before the priority deadline is met. Therefore, you should apply as soon as possible after the FAFSA opens October 1.

Recipients must be in good academic standing, be enrolled at least half-time and have financial aid need.

Job Placement

If awarded FWS, you will receive an award notification in your AP e-mail. Detailed award information is viewable in AP OneStop. You will need to accept or decline the offer online through AP OneStop within 14 days of your award notification. If accepting, contact the Office of Student Financial Aid to schedule an appointment for job placement.


Income earned through FWS does not have to be repaid. The hourly wage is determined by the department of employment. Students are paid strictly by the hour on a bi-weekly schedule. Earnings from FWS will be direct deposited into the student's designated bank account.

Periods of Non-Enrollment

A student may be employed under FWS during a period of nonattendance, such as a summer term. To be eligible for this employment, a student must be planning to enroll for the next period of enrollment and must have demonstrated need for that period of enrollment. Students must be pre-registered or submit a written statement of intent to enroll for the following term to be awarded FWS during a period of non-attendance.

A student’s net FWS earnings are considered Estimated Financial Assistance (EFA) during the following academic year. Net FWS earnings are determined by subtracting taxes and job-related costs (transportation and food) from a student’s earnings.

Student Responsibilities 

The Student must:

A student may be terminated from a FWS assignment at the request of the supervising employee of the assigned department and/or due to an unacceptable evaluation. There may be circumstances where a student may not be eligible for a reassignment, which will result in the loss of FWS. Examples include, but are not limited to, unacceptable behavior in the workplace, incorrect reporting of time, poor attendance, and/or poor job performance.

You must stop working once you have earned your award limit. For position reassignment, contact the Office of Student Financial Aid.

Department Responsibilities

Departments must submit completed Placement Forms along with copies of job descriptions to the Office of Student Financial Aid.

Department supervisors and students will receive e-mails from Human Resources with the approved start date. Students may not start before approval from HR or work during class times or exam times.

The department supervisor must: