Federal Work Study

Federal Work Study (FWS) is an opportunity for you to work and earn income for your college education while in school. It is a federally funded program that awards up to $4,000 per academic year (Fall/Spring) based on need as determined by the FAFSA.

The program provides part-time on and off-campus jobs for qualifying undergraduate resident students, and can be requested by graduate and online students. Visit the Human Resources website to view job openings and complete a student employment application. You are eligible to apply for a FWS position if it is offered on your Award Letter. In such cases, you are required to secure employment and a position is not guaranteed. 

Federal Work Study cannot be included toward payment of the upcoming semester bill or Financial Check-In since it depends on you securing a position and working the hours during the upcoming semester. 

Students with remaining Federal Work Study eligibility for an award year may be able to continue their employment through the summer term and earn their work study funds. Please see your employment supervisor or contact the Human Resources Office for more information

Advantages of the Federal Work Study Program

There are several advantages of Federal Work Study for students who want to earn money to help pay for college expenses:

  • Future Eligibility: A little known fact is that Federal Work Study wages are not counted towards next year’s expected family contribution (EFC) from the FAFSA.
  • Flexible Schedule: Federal Work Study job work hours are usually much more flexible with regard to a student's classes.
  • Quick Commute: Most Federal Work Study jobs are near where a resident student lives. Jobs on the Liberty campus are just a short walk or bus ride away – there's no need for a car. Additionally, a positive and supportive campus environment is beneficial for academic and job-related work.
  • Practical Work: Students often choose jobs related to their major or interests. For example, a business major may seek employment in an office environment on campus. Not only will that student benefit from a paycheck, but that future business professional has gained employment experience suitable for their resume as well.
  • Meaningful Work: Some students use their work hours to provide a service to the community. The U.S. Department of Education requires that seven-percent of all Federal Work Study funds be paid to students in community service. This means, for example, that Liberty students are paid while they assist in community centers, read to and guide children as tutors, and provide services to the homeless and disabled members of the Lynchburg and surrounding communities.
  • Student Success: Multiple studies have shown that students who work no more than 20 hours a week are more engaged in the activities of their campus, often have higher grade point averages and manage their time more effectively.

Graduate & Online Students

Graduate students and Online students are welcome to request consideration for Federal Work Study funding. You are encouraged to apply for approval by January 15th each year by completing your FAFSA and emailing the Financial Aid Office at financialaid@liberty.edu


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