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Federal Work Study

What is Federal Work-Study?

Federal Work-Study (FWS) is a federally funded, need-based employment program. Eligible students may earn funds by working part-time with approved FWS employers. Students are offered FWS based on financial need, availability of FWS funds, and job availability. Employing departments, and the state and federal governments share in the payment of student wages.

Work-study provides valuable experience to students both inside and outside of their field of study. Students are encouraged to work part-time while in school to not only gain work experience but to help contribute to the cost of their education and reduce their loan indebtedness.

  • These are funds that students earn as they work in part-time work-study positions.
  • Work-study does not pay directly to students’ semester bills but can help with indirect costs.
  • The rate of pay is at least minimum wage.
  • Students cannot work more than twenty hours per week.
  • Limited federal funding restricts the number of offers.
  • After you accept the offer, you will receive information through your MIX email on how to apply for jobs.
  • If you are not a work-study recipient, learn about other part-time employment opportunities on and off campus at studentemployment.wvu.edu.

How Do You Become Eligible?

To receive an offer work-study:

  • have completed the FAFSA by March 1;
  • have indicated that you were interested in work-study on the FAFSA;
  • demonstrate financial need as determined by the FAFSA;
  • maintain satisfactory academic progress for financial aid eligibility.

Offers are contingent based on available funding. Work-study is a limited-funds program, so not all eligible students will be offered work-study funding.