Date: 8/23/2011 8:56 am
Federal Work-Study (FWS) is a need-based federal financial aid program, which provides jobs for undergraduate students. This program allows students to earn money to help pay education expenses. Eligible students may earn FWS funds by working with approved FWS employers. The program provides students with valuable employment opportunities and income to use for educational and living expenses incurred throughout the year. The program encourages community service work and work related to your course of study. Students may also exclude FWS earnings on the following year’s financial aid application.
Students, in most cases, may choose which job they want to apply for and the employer chooses which students they want to hire. As long as the student remains eligible for FWS, he or she may continue his or her employment with the same department or explore opportunities with other departments. Students may work up to 30 hours per week while classes are in session, however, students’ FWS earnings cannot exceed their FWS award, which is reflected on their award letter.