Work Study Program

Federal Work-Study (FWS) provides part-time jobs for undergraduate and graduate students with financial need, allowing them to earn money to help pay education expenses. 

Request work-study on your FAFSA. The priority deadline date for completion of the FAFSA is February 1. Requesting FWS on your FAFSA does not guarantee you will receive the award, as it is on a first-come, first serve basis. If you are to receive FWS it will be listed on your Award Letter. Funding is limited and varies from year to year.

  • Demonstrate financial need (determined by the FAFSA)
  • Enrolled at least half-time
  • Achieve Satisfactory Academic Progress
  • Request FWS for either the academic year or the summer period

If offered FWS, the award must be accepted by the student through Joe'SS. If the award is not accepted, it may be removed and given to another student.

Students awarded FWS will receive an email from Student Financial Assistance to attend a FWS workshop to complete their paperwork and choose an on-campus job. Once a job is obtained and payroll paperwork is completed, students work and receive a paycheck (direct deposit) every two weeks.

Students are not guaranteed to earn the full amount of their award and unused portions will not roll over into the next enrollment period. Responsibilities and expectations are the same as with any job in that students are expected to dress appropriately for the job, exhibit professionalism, etc. An award must be in place for each semester a student works. Students cannot work a FWS job and also have another job on campus.

FWS is like any other on-campus job. Studying is not permitted during work hours. However, if given permission by a supervisor, FWS students may be allowed to study during work hours. FWS students must abide by all departmental regulations regarding work assignments.

Federal Work Study Wait List Policy

Please contact your financial aid counselor if you wish to be added to the work-study waitlist. This does not guarantee that you will be awarded work study. If you qualify and funding is available you will receive an email at your S&T account.