Federal Work Study (FWS)

The Federal Work-Study (FWS) is a need-based federally funded part-time employment program, which allows eligible students to earn money to help pay for education expenses. Students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year to be considered for federal financial aid, including FWS.

What are the benefits to the Federal Work Study program?

  • Allows you to earn money to help pay for your educational expenses.
  • It provides opportunities to serve the community and to work in areas that are related to your course of study.
  • Your FWS employer acknowledges you are a student first. FWS employers are flexible and willing to work around your class schedule.
  • It provides beneficial experience and training, networking and references that build up your resume.
  • It can provide opportunities to develop your professional skills, like communication, time management and interpersonal skills.
  • It can lead to career opportunities.
  • Even though FWS earnings are taxable. FWS earnings are not considered when figuring your “financial need” on your FAFSA.

FWS Eligibility Requirements

  1. Completed FAFSA on file.
    • If you have NOT been awarded Federal Work Study, but wish to be considered, you MUST meet the following eligibility criteria (steps 2-6 below):
  2. Have already received an award offer that did not include Federal Work Study.
  3. Have unmet need. Get information on the calculation of need.
  4. Meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Requirements.
  5. Be enrolled at FAU.
  6. Create an account in Handshake and start applying for Work Study jobs.

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