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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 awarded 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.

The Federal Work Study Program 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.
  • These funds do not pay directly to students’ semester bills but can help with indirect costs.
  • The rate of pay for Federal Work-Study is at least minimum wage.
  • Students cannot work more than twenty hours per week.
  • Limited federal funding restricts the number of awards. If offered you need to make a decision within 30 days or the award will be canceled.
  • After you accept the award, you will receive information through your MIX email on how to apply for jobs.
  • If you are not a Federal 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 of Federal Work-Study, you must:

  • 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.

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