The Federal Work-Study (FWS) Program is federally funded by The United States Department of Education to provide need-based employment for college students. FWS allows students to work part time while attending an institution of higher learning. Students must have financial need as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.
How do I apply?
All students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. The applicant must be:
- Admitted to a degree or diploma program
- Enrolled in at least six credit hours during each semester
- Earn and maintain a GPA of at least 2.0
- Meet the Satisfactory Academic Progress Guidelines for Federal Student Aid
- Complete and submit a Federal Work Study Application to the Office of Financial Aid and Veterans Affairs. This application can be obtained by clicking here.
How do I find a job?
All work-study applications are stored in the NEO GOV system. When a position is available, the Financial Aid/VA Specialist will forward all eligible applications to the department supervisor. They will conduct interviews based on the candidates that they believe are most qualified. Once a candidate is selected, they will be contacted to complete training and employment paperwork.
How will I be paid?
Income is based on monthly hours worked. Work-study students will work anywhere from 5-20 hours per week depending on the budget allocated to the department. Students are paid on the 17th of each month. All time sheets are due in the Office of Financial Aid and Veterans Affairs by the third day of each month, unless otherwise requested by the Financial Aid/VA Specialist. All time sheets should be accurate and signed by the supervisor. Any time sheet that is not signed will not be processed for payment. It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that time sheets are turned in on time with correct signatures.
If a student receives additional scholarships and/or grants, the student's work-study award sometimes has to be reduced or cancelled.
Can I study while on the job?
Even though this is called work-study, it does not mean students are allowed to study on the job. Work-study jobs are not any different from other jobs. It is a real job and it should be treated as such.
What is expected of me?
It is the student's responsibility to plan personal and study schedules in a manner as not to conflict with regular working hours. Work schedules, once established, will not be modified unless permanent changes are necessary due to circumstances beyond the individual's control. Typically, the schedule only changes once per semester.
Some of the jobs on campus will require work-study students to answer the telephones. Work-study students should be professional and courteous when assisting others. Staff telephones are not available for use by students for personal calls.
Dress and Appearance
Students have the freedom of choice in dress for class. However, students should come to an agreement with his/her supervisor on appropriate attire during working hours.
All students should strive to arrive on time and prepared for work.
All students will receive at least two evaluations during their time as a student employee. All evaluations will be forwarded to the Office of Financial Aid and Veterans Affairs and kept in the student's file.
What are the rules and regulations?
All students will need to sign a Confidentiality Agreement. Any breach of confidentiality or attempt to alter documents in any way will result in immediate dismissal from the work-study program. The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 is a federal law that institutions enforce and abide by to maintain the confidentiality of a student's record. Student workers should direct inquiries regarding another student's information to the supervisor.
Students are encouraged to remain in the same position for the entire academic year. Periods of short employment may not look favorable to future employers. Work-study is an opportunity to establish a good work record for your resume and obtain future letters of reference. If a work-study is experiencing problems in their department, they are encouraged to discuss concerns with their direct supervisor. If conflicts cannot be resolved, please contact the Financial Aid/VA Specialist. If a student decides to quit, they should submit a written letter of resignation with the final date to their supervisor at least two weeks in advance.
A student or supervisor may terminate the work-study position and contract at any time.