Federal Work Study (FWS) Program
Federal Work-Study (FWS) is a federally subsidized program designed to promote part-time employment of financially eligible students to help avoid excessive debt while in school. If FWS is a part of a student’s financial aid awards, the student may apply for on-campus jobs. Eligibility for and receiving an FWS award does not guarantee campus employment. Working at an hourly rate, a student is allowed to earn the total work-study amount granted to the student. While all employers must pay at least $7.50/hr, pay varies depending on the job and student qualifications.
FWS Procedures and Eligibility
Working on campus has many advantages, which include the following:
· Earnings may help fund educational expenses.
· Academic-year FWS earnings are exempt from student contribution calculations on the following aid year’s Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
· It may help avoid/minimize excessive debt, because students earn as they learn.
· It may be more “convenient” because students can work between classes more easily.
· It may be more “flexible” because on-campus employers are familiar with the academic calendar.
· It may help students get more involved in campus activities as they get to know more University students, staff, and faculty.
· It may provide additional preparation for a post-graduation job search because many on-campus jobs are in career-related areas or offer students more responsibility each year they work.
FWS Procedures and Eligibility
· Students are responsible for finding their own job and meeting hiring requirements.
· When classes are in session, a student may work up to 30 hours per week. When classes are not in session, including summer, a student may work up to 40 hours per week.
· FWS students and employers are responsible for monitoring the status of the FWS award. Once an earnings limit has been reached, a student may request an increase if the student has additional eligibility for FWS and funds are available. If the earnings limit has been reached and an increase is not possible, a student is no longer eligible to work as a FWS student employee. At that time, employment must be terminated or switched to regular student hourly payroll.
· To remain eligible for FWS (and all other federal aid) a student must meet Financial Aid and Scholarships (FAS) Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) standards. See SAP policy on KU Policy Library site for more information.
· If FWS does not appear on a student’s Accept/Decline Awards screen and the student is interested in this program, please schedule an appointment with a Financial Aid Counselor to discuss eligibility and the effect that FWS would have on other awards. If funds are available, there may be an “FWS Open Request” period. Check the FAS website at www.affordability.ku.edu for FWS updates, including an online application for open request periods.
Assistant Director, Financial Aid & Scholarships
KU Visitor Center, 1502 Iowa St.
Reviewed and updated:
August 17, 2011
August 7, 2012
August 6, 2013
August 22, 2014