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Federal College Work Study Program

What is the FWSP?
The Federal College Work Study Program is part-time employment for students who demonstrate federal financial aid need. Students are offered the opportunity to work on campus, up to 20 hours per week. Students are paid hourly wages based on the current federal minimum wage on a biweekly basis.
How do I apply for the FWSP?
  • Complete the FAFSA  online at FAFSA.ed.gov.
  • Complete a Request to Work on Campus form located in the Financial Aid offices.
  • Additional documents are to be completed upon being hired. A student’s financial aid file must be complete prior to awarding the FWSP.
  • Apply early! Funds are limited. Priority awarding begins April 15, each year.
How is eligibility determined?
Eligibility is based upon financial need and is determined by a formula applied consistently to all applicants. FWSP is offered to students with demonstrated financial aid need. Students are required to be enrolled in the AA, AS, or an eligible certificate program for a minimum of six credit hours per term to receive the FWSP. Students must maintain satisfactory academic progress.
How much is awarded in the FWSP?
The amount of the FWSP varies from $500 - $6500 (annual figure) depending on the student’s eligibility. Students receive a biweekly paycheck for the hours worked.
How is the student’s work schedule determined?
The student and the supervisor will establish a schedule that will be agreeable to both parties. The student is expected to work the scheduled hours. To adjust the work hours, the student must notify the financial aid office and the supervisor. A student must remain enrolled in a minimum of six credit hours per term during the employment period.
What are the criteria for continued eligibility?
  1. Maintain the Standards of Academic Progress for Financial Aid.
  2. Complete a FAFSA each academic year.

Helpful hints

  • Apply early! Funds are limited. Priority awarding begins April 15, each year.
  • Record accurate information onto the FAFSA to prevent a delay in awarding.
  • Make sure the Social Security number is correct on the FAFSA.
  • Complete the Request to Work On Campus form.
  • Attend the annual campus financial aid workshops.