Federal Work-Study Program

Federal Work-Study (FWS) allows students the opportunity to earn part of their financial aid by working in assigned jobs, both on and off-campus. Awarding of FWS funds is extremely limited due to the small amount of funds received each year. Eligibility is determined based on:

  • Financial aid file completion date
  • Demonstrated unmet financial need
  • Enrollment status (you must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 units)
  • Good Academic Standing

If you have been determined potentially eligible for FWS, you will see a Work-study award offered on WEBSTAR. If you are interested in securing a work-study position, accept the offer.  You will then receive instructions via email on how to secure a position. Work-study funds are very limited and there is no guarantee of job placement even if an offer has been accepted. Prior Work-Study students must also follow these procedures, there is no guarantee of the same Work-Study job from award year to award year.

Securing a work-study position is the responsibility of the student.  Students who are able to secure a position will be required to complete an employment packet and meet all eligibility requirements prior to working. Students are paid an hourly salary and are allocated a certain number of hours that can be worked based on the amount of the award. As work on the job is completed, a monthly timesheet is submitted for the hours worked just as at a regular job. Once a month, you will receive a paycheck for the hours worked for the previous month. Students may work until their FWS award is earned in full until FWS funds are depleted, or until the end of the Spring semester, whichever occurs first. At that time, the Federal Work-Study job ends. Please refer to the Human Resources Student Employment Handbook for more detailed information.