The Federal Work-Study (FWS) Program gives part-time jobs to
undergraduate and graduate students who are in financial need.
Under the program, these students can work to make money to pay for
their education expenses, including tuition, books, and room and
Some state and institutional work-study awards are offered to
students who do not have financial need, but wish to work to help
pay their educational expenses.
What kind of work can I do?
The program encourages community service work, as well as work
that is related to your coursework.
How much money will I make?
You'll be making at least the current federal minimum wage. Some
people earn more, but it depends on the type of work and the skills
The total amount of your Federal Work-Study award will depend on
when you apply, your level of financial need and the funding level
of your school.
Commissions or fees may not be paid to Federal Work-Study
How will I be paid?
If you're an undergraduate, you'll be paid by the hour. If
you're a graduate student, you might be paid by the hour, or you
may receive a salary (which means you'll be given a set sum of
money for a certain timeframe, such as every week or every other
Your school must pay you at least once a month. Also, your
school must pay you directly, unless you request that the school
make payments to your bank account. You can also ask them to use
the money to pay school costs, such as tuition, directly.
Will I be working on campus?
Federal Work-Study jobs can be on campus or off campus.
If you work on campus, you'll usually work for your school. If
you work off campus, you will usually work for a private non-profit
organization or a public agency. Generally, the work performed off
campus must be in the public interest, which means it must benefit
some portion of the general public.
Some schools may make agreements with private for-profit
employers for Federal Work-Study jobs. If you work in one of these
jobs, your work must be as related to your classes as possible.
If you attend a career school, there may be other restrictions
about which jobs you can have.
I'd like to make a lot of money. Can I work as many hours
as I want?
No. The total amount you earn can't be more than your total
Federal Work-Study award.
When scheduling your work, your employer or financial aid
administrator will look at your class schedule and your academic
Where can I get more information?
For further information on federal student aid call:
For more information on Work Study student assistance go
Funding is limited to the amount your college receives from the
federal government. It is important you meet the school's priority
date to complete and file the FAFSA to be considered for a FWS
Colorado Work-Study (CWS)
Colorado Work-Study procedures are very similar to Federal
Work-Study. However, there are some Colorado Work-Study funds, that
may be awarded to students who do not have financial need but who
want to work to help pay for educational expenses.
Institutional Work-Study and Other Employment
Your college may have work-study money available or offer other
employment opportunities that are not federal or state work-study
positions. Check with your college to discuss additional work