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 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?