Federal Work-Study

Federal Work Study (FWS) is an allotment of money awarded to an eligible student to be earned from part time employment on campus. Working on campus is more than just a way to pay for college. Federal Work Study Students learn valuable skills, make important campus connections, and build on their resume. To be eligible for the FWS program, a student must have demonstrated financial need based on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). FWS is awarded on a first come first serve basis to qualified students who have maintained Satisfactory Academic Progress and are enrolled at least half-time. 

Here’s a quick overview of Federal Work-Study:

  • It provides part-time employment while you are enrolled in school

  • It’s available to undergraduate, graduate, and professional students with financial need

  • It’s available to full-time or part-time students

  • It’s administered by schools participating in the Federal Work-Study Program

Federal Work-study awards are based on:

  • when the student applies
  • level of financial need, and
  • the school’s funding level


Federal Work-Study Pay Dates
Federal Work-Study wages are paid twice per month for students who submit time-sheets by the prescribed deadlines.

DEADLINE FOR ON-LINE TIMESHEETS: Timesheets must be approved no later than the end of the workday following the end of pay period (unless otherwise notified). If a timesheet is not submitted on time, a paper timesheet will need to be completed for back pay and will be paid on the pay date following the end of the pay period during which it is submitted.

Time sheets for the 1-15th pay period are due on the 16th following the pay period. Time sheets for the 16-31st pay period (or the last day of the month) are due on the 1st following the pay period. 

PAY PERIODS: Pay periods are always the 1st–15th and the 16th– 31st (or last day of the month).
A timesheet is required for each pay period during which a student works. 

PAY DATES: Pay dates are scheduled for the 10th and 25th of each month. If either date falls on a weekend or holiday, the pay date will be moved to the nearest preceding day of business. 

*Student payroll checks can be picked up after 11:00am at the Student Business Office in the Student Services Center on scheduled pay dates. Checks will be mailed at the close of business on the pay date.