Frequently Asked Questions

The Federal Work Study (FWS) program is designed to maximize each participant's potential, to help students become involved in university departments, and to prepare students for future employment. You will find common questions and their answers regarding the FWS program below.

Did you know?

Multiple studies have shown that students who work no more than 20 hours a week are more engaged in the actives of their campus, often have higher grade point averages, and manage their time more effectively.

Source:
Cooperative Institutional Research Program, UCLA

Now that I know what FWS is, am I eligible to participate?

Federal Work Study funds are available to students who qualify. All qualified students must:

What is a "verified" FAFSA?

Verification of a FAFSA is the process of confirming the accuracy of information reported on the FAFSA. If you are not selected, you are not required to complete this step.

What is Financial Aid Satisfactory Progress (SAP)?

SAP is the process used by the federal government to ensure students are successfully completing their academic program at a good pace. Students must meet minimum standards in order to continue to receive federal aid.

What does it mean to "decline" Federal Work Study?

Some students, if eligible for FWS, decide they do not want to work on campus in the program, and they have the option to decline the FWS program on the FAFSA. Students should carefully consider the option of participating in FWS prior to declining the offer.

What is a Financial Aid Award Notification?

The Financial Aid Award Notification (Award Letter) is a document provided by the school informing the student of the estimated amount of assistance for which the student is eligible. This offer could include scholarships, grants, Work Study, and loans. Any changes in financial situation, address changes, etc. after the student has filled out the FAFSA must be reported to the school. The Award Letter is valid only for the upcoming academic year unless otherwise noted. This Award Letter is subject to change.

You will receive your Award Letter for the school year after you have completed your FAFSA (and verification, if selected.) If you are eligible for FWS, your Award Letter will state the estimated amount for which you are eligible.

If I check my Award Letter and am eligible, what do I do next?

Congratulations! You are eligible to participate in the Federal Work Study program. Your next step is to apply. Please visit the "Application Process" page for step-by-step instructions.

If I am eligible for FWS, am I guaranteed a job?

No, a work position is not guaranteed. After you are notified of your eligibility for the FWS program, you can then apply for positions. Students who would like to take the opportunity to utilize the funds available are required to secure employment independently.

Will each department contact me about the positions for which I apply?

If you have the skills a particular supervisor is looking for, he or she will contact you and arrange an interview. Typically, this can take anywhere from 3-4 weeks. Each student is encouraged to follow-up in person, via phone or email with each department after applying.

If I obtain a FWS job, do I receive a paycheck?

The Work Study program was created as an opportunity for eligible students to work and earn income while in school. You can decide where your earned funds go.

You have the option of receiving your earnings as a regular paycheck every two weeks. You may also set aside a percentage or all of your earnings to pay towards educational expenses. Please contact the Human Resources Office for setting up payment arrangements.

Can I have two FWS jobs at the same time?

No, you may only accept one work study position. You can, however, contact each individual department with which you've submitted an application to follow-up. This strategy is highly recommended.


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