What is the Federal Work Study (FWS) Program?

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What is the Federal Work Study (FWS) Program?

The Federal Work Study (FWS) Program

The FWS Program provides on-campus employment during the academic year and in some cases, summer,  to undergraduate full time day students who demonstrate financial need. As part of its commitment to the community, the University is providing Federal Work Study opportunities both on and off campus in community service learning positions.  Work study eligibility is determined by the FAFSA.  If you are eligible, it will appear on your Financial Aid Award Letter.

Students can work up to a maximum of 20 hours per week during the academic year and, in some cases, 35 hours per week during the summer. Students are paid on a biweekly basis for the hours worked the previous two weeks. Work study earnings are not deducted from the student’s charges. The minimum hourly rate paid is $8.00 per hour. Some rates will be higher depending upon the type of work performed and skills required. Pay rates are recommended by the employing department.

FWS is awarded for a limited, specific award period and awards establish the maximum earnings per award period. Students that are close to exhausting their award but would like to continue working may contact Hawk Central to request an increase in FWS funds. Due to funding limitations and job availability, Saint Joseph's University cannot guarantee job placement or award increases for all eligible applicants.


*Disclaimer: Federal Work Study jobs are not guaranteed. Eligible students may apply for jobs available via Career Development Center. FWS awards are dependent on the availability of funding and may be withdrawn or subject to change depending on this availability. Any financial aid package could be adjusted at any time according to federal and institutional regulations. Please read carefully the “Conditions Governing Financial Aid Awards” for further information found at sites.sju.edu/finaid.

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  • Topic #: 16125-178
  • Date Created: 11/07/2012
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