Federal Work-Study (FWS) is a self-help financial aid program. It is awarded to eligible students, but is only guaranteed if the student obtains on-campus employment. FWS is earned and is paid in the form of bi-weekly paychecks for hours worked. Earnings are still subject to payroll taxes and therefore not tax free.  Federal Work-Study is intended to help pay college living expense costs while providing the student with an opportunity to gain valuable work experience. In addition, earnings may be excluded from your income on the FAFSA for the following academic year.

Whether or not you qualify for Federal Work-Study, you can apply for on-campus employment that can help you pay for your tuition, fees, or other financial needs.

As the student, it is your responsibility to secure employment, to work enough hours to reach the earnings limit, and to budget the money earned wisely throughout the year to meet necessary college costs.