A student can earn money to help pay educational expenses and gain
valuable work experience with work-study. While most positions are
on-campus, opportunities may involve community service work, and
when possible, work is related to a student's course of study. Positions
range from tutoring young children to clerical positions to data
Types of Work-Study
The Federal Work-Study Program (FWS) is a federally funded program
that pays 75% of the students pay while the hiring department
pays 25%. If the student is employed in an off-campus tutoring CWS
job the federal government funds 100% of the students pay.
The State Work Study Program is a state-funded program that pays
75% of the students pay while the department pays 25%.
The Financial Aid Office must receive a students FAFSA results
by the first-priority deadline, which is April 1 for that academic
year. It's recommended the FAFSA be completed as soon as possible
after January 1, but no later than March 1 in order to make the
priority deadline. In order to qualify for work-study, the FAFSA
must indicate sufficient financial need as determined by government
Applying for Work-Study
To apply for work-study, a student marks "yes" to the
question on the FAFSA that asks if the student is interested in
student employment and completes the FAFSA.
Work-Study Pay and Maximum Number of Hours
Work-Study positions are hourly wage jobs in which a student works
for an employer according to a mutually agreed-upon schedule and
is paid by check on a bi-weekly basis for the hours worked. The
maximum number of hours a student may work per week is 20.
Work-study awards are not automatically applied towards a students
tuition bill, nor is the amount of the award guaranteed. An award
simply authorizes a student to participate in the program and sets
a limit as to the amount of income a student can earn during the
It is the responsibility of the student to work enough hours to
reach the earnings limit and to budget the money wisely throughout
the year to meet necessary college costs.