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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

2021-2022 Dates to Keep in Mind

Date Event
July 1, 2021 FWS Jobs available on Handshake
August 30, 2021 FWS hired students can begin working
September 27, 2021 Fall 2021 Census
December 17, 2021 Last day of FWS employment for Fall only students
December 18, 2021 - January 2, 2022 Winter Recess (students)
January 3 - January 21, 2022 Winter Break (continuing students can work)
January 24, 2022 FWS Spring hires can begin working
February 18, 2022 Spring 2022 Census 
March 21– 27, 2022 Spring Recess
May 20, 2022 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.