Federal Work Study (FWS) is a form of federal financial aid awarded to students who demonstrate financial need. Under FWS, students have the opportunity to work part-time on campus (up to 20 hours per week) to help finance college educational expenses. You will gain valuable employment skills too.
Students can apply for financial aid by completing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) . In order to be eligible to receive Federal Work Study (FWS), you need to be a recipient of financial aid. There are limited FWS funds that can be awarded. FWS is awarded on a first-come-first-serve basis as long as the student has unmet need. Only once a student has been awarded financial aid, he/she may apply for FWS.
- Funds for Fall 2014-Spring 2015 won’t be available for students until AFTER they have been AWARDED financial aid for 2014-15. Students must first apply and be awarded so Financial Aid can calculate how much unmet need you have after your financial aid award is factored in). 2014-2015 FAFSA’s will begin being processed in late Feb/early March and will probably be awarded by April 1. Students can begin requesting for FWS after they have received their 2012-13 award email from Financial Aid…
For more information on Financial Aid or the Federal Work Study program, visit the Financial Aid website or call 984-3277.
Below is a timeline of when financial aid students should request for FWS and its process:
- Students interested in requesting for FWS, will need to complete a Work Study Request Form.
- The Work Study Request form is usually available in April for FWS for the next school year. (ex. Form is available to students in April of the 2013-14 school year for FWS for the 2014-15 school year)
- The Financial Aid Office will start awarding eligible candidates who submitted a Work Study Request Form.
- Students will be notified by email that they are awarded.
- Students will be advised that they will have 30 days from the start of the school semester to be placed in a FWS position.
- Once all FWS funds have been awarded, all other students that submitted a Work Study Request Form will be put on a waitlist. When funds open up, then the Financial Aid Office will go down the waitlist for eligible candidates.
- All students who were awarded FWS, will need to attend a MANDATORY FWS orientation in August. Orientation is usually a few weeks before the start of the Fall semester.
- The orientation will go over the responsibilities as a FWS recipient.
- The earliest that FWS students can begin work is the 1st day of the Fall semester and they must cease work under FWS on the last day of the Spring semester. (FWS students are NOT allowed to work under FWS during the Summer Break)
- FWS students who were awarded but have not been placed in a job will be cancelled.
- The Financial Aid Office will review students who are on the waitlist for FWS and award as funds become available.
In addition to federal regulations, FWS students are subject to conditions of student employment stated in the System Administrative Procedures Manual (#A9.880). Federal regulations require the Financial Aid Office to revise awards to prevent students from being over-awarded. The Financial Aid Office has the right to rescind all or part of a FWS award at any time should there be a change in the student’s award status.