Unlike most financial aid, the Federal Work-Study (FWS) program is a form of financial aid that provides students an opportunity to work part-time to earn money to help pay for college expenses. To be considered for a Federal Work-Study award, you will need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and check the "interested in work-study" box. If you are eligible for FWS, it will be listed among awards in your MyFinancialAid portal.
What are the benefits of FWS?
Most FWS positions are right on campus, which eliminates the commuting time and makes getting to work really easy.
Your supervisor will be more understanding if there are academic conflicts because they know you are a community college student, and therefore, will likely work with you to plan a work schedule around your classes.
This is a perfect way to develop valuable work experience and build up your resume.
Having a FWS job will allow you to build professional relationships with your supervisor and coworkers and you may be able to use them as references for future jobs.
By being eligible for FWS, applying for a job, and being hired, you'll earn money that you can use to help with your educational expenses, put it into your saving, or treat yourself to something nice.
How do I get a Federal Work-Study job?
A lot of departments on-campus participates in the FWS program and are looking to hire students like you. Check out the Career Hub website for more information about FWS job opportunities and to learn more about the student employment process.