Federal Work Study

FWS is a federally funded program for students who demonstrate financial need.  FWS provides part-time employment opportunities for part-time and full-time matriculated students.  Work-Study funds are limited and offered to eligible students based on financial need, academic progress, and in order of application filing date.

Students are responsible for securing their own work-study job. Unlike other forms of financial aid, an FWS award is not applied to a student’s bill. Instead, students will receive a biweekly paycheck for hours worked. You must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and indicate that you are interested in be considered for Work-Study to be considered for Federal Work-Study.

General Information

The FWS Program:

  • provides part time employment to students who are enrolled in the College and demonstrate financial need as defined in the FAFSA application
  • helps you pay for your educational expenses through a biweekly paycheck, based upon hours worked
  • is available to full-time or part-time students (must be at least 6 credits per semester)
  • encourages community service work and work related to your course of study, whenever possible.

The amount you can earn under the FWS Program can not exceed your FWS award. When assigning work hours, the Financial Aid office will consider your class schedule and your academic progress.

Federal Work Study is awarded on a first come, first serve basis.

You will earn at least the federal minimum wage.

If a student withdraws or is dismissed from the College at any point during the award period, s/he will be removed from the Work-Study payroll, and the Work-Study award will be canceled for the remainder of the academic year.

Your total FWS award depends on:

  • when you apply
  • your level of financial need as defined in the FAFSA application
  • your academic progress
  • the College's funding level (the U.S. Department of Education provides a certain amount of work- study funds; when all funds have been awarded, no additional work-study awards can be made for that year).

Work Study Opportunities

Opportunities for work study employment are available on campus.

For additional information, please contact Lisa Boyko in the Financial Aid office, Room K512 of Charles B. Kinney Hall, or call 203-575-8009.

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