Work Study (FWS)

What is Federal Work-Study?

Federal Work-Study is a federally funded program that pays a portion of the student’s wage. In some cases, FWS covers the entire wage, depending on type of position (i.e., America Reads, etc.).

How does it work?

Students with a FWS award have an advantage during the hiring process because the employer pays only a fraction of the total wage. The remaining portion is covered by the award. Hence, it is a budgetary difference only.

It is important to note that there is no difference in how a student with FWS applies for a campus job, gets hired, and/or receives their pay.

What is Non-Federal Work Study?

Some students will see JHU Non-Federal Work Study listed in their financial aid package, along with a dollar amount. If you see this line item in your package, please know that this is not a Federal Work Study (FWS) award. It refers to money that you can earn by working on campus through the Office of Student Employment Services. But not to worry! Nearly 2000 undergraduates work on campus each year and fewer than half of them have work-study. Student jobs are posted daily and we typically have more openings than we fill. Therefore, please know that if they wish to work on-campus, but were not awarded work-study, there is a sufficient number of ‘non’ work study campus jobs available each year. Also, on-campus refers to the Homewood campus as well as the Johns Hopkins schools of Medicine and Public Health; thus there is a wide variety of opportunities.

To view current job openings take the 4-Steps to Student Employment.

What else do I need to know about FWS?

  • FWS is “earned” money paid through a student job. Students choose which job(s) they want to apply for and do so directly through the Student Jobs Database.
  • FWS earnings are subject to tax withholding. For more information, see the Tax Information page.
  • FWS cannot be credited to a student’s tuition bill. The student will receive their pay either by check or direct deposit.
  • Students are paid semi-monthly on the 15th and last day of the month, unless otherwise noted.
  • Students may have both an FWS position and a non-FWS position simultaneously. However, hours worked per week is limited to 19.99 — all jobs combined.
  • Students and their supervisors are expected to keep track of cumulative FWS earnings to ensure that students do not exceed their FWS award. Note, there is no limit on non-FWS earnings.
  • Students are advised to ask the employer, at the time of hire, what will happen if their award is exhausted. Will the job continue on a non-FWS basis?