Understanding the Federal Work-Study (FWS) Program
FWS is a federally funded program that provides subsidized part-time employment opportunities for students with financial need. Students must apply for financial aid and receive a Federal Work-Study (FWS) award from the Office of Financial Aid in order to work under this program.
In order to be eligible for FWS, students must be enrolled at least halftime and have documented financial need. FWS funds are restricted to students who are either citizens or permanent residents of the United States. International students with an F-1 or J-1 Visa are not eligible for FWS funds, but are eligible to work on-campus in regular departmental student positions.
Financial need is calculated and based on the information students submit on the Free Application For Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
FWS is offered as part of a student's total financial aid package. The FWS earning limit for each student is based upon his/her federal work-study award total.
Students who demonstrate financial need are awarded FWS funds on a first-come, first-served basis until funds are exhausted. Therefore, it is very important for students to be aware of and adhere to application priority dates. Students who file for financial aid too late in the year may not receive a FWS award due to lack of funding, regardless of whether they had FWS in the past, have financial need, or have a specific FWS job arranged. To receive maximum consideration for a FWS award, students should file the Free Application For Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in January.
Students who are offered a FWS award must accept or decline the award in their BANNER account.
Students who accept their offer of FWS are not placed into positions at WSSU. Rather, the Office of Career Services gives them access to view all FWS job descriptions in order to apply for the jobs that interest them.