The Federal Work Study program (also known as FWS or simply Work-Study) is a federally funded program which provide college students who are in need of financial assistance a chance to earn money while pursuing their degree. This program provides students with work experience that aids in career decisions or decision making. With the different job openings available to students it encourages students to seek out opportunities in their specified course of study.

What are the benefits to the Federal Work Study program?

There are several benefits associated with the FWS Program:

  • Allows you to earn money to help pay for your educational expenses.
  • It provides opportunities to serve the community and to work in areas that are related to your course of study.
  • Your FWS employer acknowledges you are a student first. FWS employers are flexible and willing to work around your class schedule.
  • It provides beneficial experience and training, networking and references that build up your resume.
  • It can provide opportunities to develop your professional skills, like communication, time management and interpersonal skills.
  • It can lead to career opportunities
  • When you apply for financial aid the following year, the money you earned through this program isn’t used to determine your financial need.

How will I know if I Qualify for Federal Work Study?

After filing the FAFSA and having it sent to FMU, a student’s eligibility for the FWS program will be reviewed during the awarding process. Eligible students are awarded an allotment which may be earned through part time employment in a FWS approved position. If a student is eligible, an allotment will be posted to the student’s LION AID account, along with an informative email sent to the student. If the FWS award is not visible on a student’s LION AID account then the student is not currently eligible for this program.
Please note: FWS are limited and awarded on a first come, first serve basis to eligible students.