Program Description

The Federal Work-Study Program (FWS) funds part-time employment for undergraduate and graduate students with financial need, allowing them to earn money to help pay postsecondary education expenses. The program encourages community service work and work related to the student's course of study. The total award depends on when the student applies, the level of need, and the funding level of the school.

General Program Requirements

In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a student pursuing a postsecondary educational degree or certificate. Hourly wages must not be less than the federal minimum wage. Students may be employed by: the institution itself; a federal, state, or local public agency; a private nonprofit organization; or a private for-profit organization.

Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this program.

Application Process

To determine whether you are eligible to receive assistance through this program, you must first complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Schools use the information from the FAFSA to determine your actual financial aid package. Complete the form online at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/. Your school will inform you how much money you may be eligible for that academic year.

Program Contact Information

Additional information about Federal Work-Study can be obtained at:
http://www2.ed.gov/programs/fws/index.html

For general information about the Federal student aid programs, assistance in completing the FAFSA, and information about FAFSA on the Web, call the Federal Student Aid Information Center (FSAIC) at the following toll-free number:
1-800-433-3243

People who are hearing impaired may call this toll-free number:
1-800-325-0778

TTY users for the hearing impaired can call:
1-800-730-8913

Callers in locations without access to 800 numbers may call this non toll-free number:
319-337-5665

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