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Work Study Financial Aid & Scholarships

About Work Study


The Federal Work Study (FWS) program helps students earn funds for educational expenses while providing work experience. This program encourages community service work and work related to the student’s course of study.

  • Administered by the Financial Aid & Scholarships Office in partnership with the Student Employment Office
  • Available to undergraduate, graduate, and professional students with financial need
  • Provides part-time employment while enrolled at least half-time
  • FWS employers include on-campus departments and Off-Campus auxiliaries and non-profit organizations

Student Process

  1. Submit the Free Application for Federal Student (FAFSA)
  2. Must meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)
  3. Be enrolled at least half-time while participating in the program
    • Undergrad: 6 units
    • Post-Bac: 4 units
  4. Maintain a 2.0 GPA for Undergrads and 3.0 GPA for Post-Bac
  5. Attend FWS Orientation Session (optional)
  6. If awarded, search FWS positions beginning July 1 through Handshake

FWS Student Information

Employer Process

  1. Attend mandatory FWS employer Orientations
  2. Submit required documents in a timely fashion
  3. Ensure applicable payment for participation is received
  4. Verify prospective student has been awarded FWS and the award amount
  5. Maintain accurate records to ensure:
    • Department/agency does not exceed FWS allocation
    • Student does earn more than their FWS award
  6. Comply with all prescribed regulations regarding the Federal Work Study program

FWS Employer Information

2020-2021 Dates to Keep in Mind

Date Event
July 1, 2020 FWS Jobs available on HandShake
August 31, 2020 FWS hired students can begin working
September 28, 2020 Fall 2020 Census – Enrollment locks
December 18, 2020 Last day of FWS employment for Fall only students
Holiday Break December 24 – January 1 (tentatively work)
January 4 - January 22, 2021 Continuing students can work up to 40 hours per week
January 25, 2021 FWS Spring hires can begin working
February 19, 2021 Spring 2021 Census – Enrollment Locks
March 22 – 28, 2021 Spring Recess (can work up to 40 hours)
May 14, 2021 Last day of work for all FWS students

Find Us

Student Service Center
Lassen Hall, Room 1000
Mon. - Fri., 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. / Counseling: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.