Types of Financial Aid
The Federal Work-Study (FWS) program provides part-time jobs to students with financial need as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Priority is given to students with high financial need who submit their FAFSA by March 1 and indicate their interest in work-study on the FAFSA. Due to limited funding, returning students who previously received work-study cannot be guaranteed work-study funding each year. Eligible students who do not initially receive a FWS award can ask to be placed on a waitlist by emailing the Office of Financial Aid. Remaining funds, if any, are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis to students on the waitlist.
Begin the process by completing the FAFSA on the Web. FWS awards range from $600 to $1,200 a year. Students must accept or decline the FWS award through Wingspan.
Students are not assigned to FWS jobs on campus. It is the student’s responsibility to secure a FWS position. In an effort to assist students with their job search, the Office of Financial Aid also hosts a job fair the day before classes start in August. The office also maintains an online listing of available FWS and non-FWS On-Campus positions.
Students must present their FWS supervisor with a Work-Study Approval Form. Approval forms are provided to students to verify their eligibility in the FWS program. This form is available at the annual job fair or from the Office of Financial Aid.
When a student is hired for a FWS position, the supervisor must submit to the Office of Financial Aid a FWS Student Payment Agreement, a Work-Study Approval Form, and all other documentation necessary for student employment. Students may not begin working until the paperwork has been completed.
Students earn an hourly wage in the FWS program. Wages and work schedule are determined by the hiring department; however, students must be paid at least federal minimum wage. Students are not permitted to work while their classes are in session. The amount students earn cannot exceed the FWS award. In the event that a student earns more than the FWS award, the funds earned that exceeded the award amount will be charged to the employing department’s budget. Students are paid bi-monthly. Students will receive a paper paycheck unless they choose to sign up for direct deposit. Students should discuss paycheck options with their supervisors.
Some departments have student employment positions which do not require a student to qualify for work-study. These positions are listed at On-Campus Jobs.