The Federal Work-Study (FWS) Program is a need-based program that provides jobs for eligible students with financial need who are enrolled at least half time, allowing them to earn money to help pay education expenses. The program encourages community service work and employment related to their course of study.
FWS is a form of federal financial aid, and eligibility is determined when you file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year. Once awarded, you must accept FWS from the Award Summary in your Student Center. Unlike other forms of financial aid (such as scholarships, grants and loans) FWS does not pay your tuition or housing charges directly. Rather, you will search for a job in the listings viewable only to FWS students and apply for that job. Once hired, you receive a paycheck bi-weekly that is subtracted from your total award over the course of the year. You can monitor the reduction from your Award Summary tab as you work.
Note: Your FWS earnings are not counted against your eligibility on next year's FAFSA, but they are taxable by the IRS.