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Federal Work Study

Federal Work Study is very similar to a regular job.  Under the FWS Program, schools provide jobs on-campus and off-campus for needy undergraduate and graduate students. Students are awarded  Federal Work Study based on their unmet need, which is determine by the FAFSA application. Students participating in the program are paid bi-weekly and the starting salary is $7.25 to $9.00 an hour. However, the starting salary for students who participate off campus in the America Read program is $9.00 an hour. FWS students are allowed to work up to 20 hours a week on campus or off campus.

Community Service Jobs (America Reads)

Students will work in local elementary schools as reading and math tutors as well as in middle and high schools. Due to the importance of obtaining only top-notch reliable students, a recommendation letter from a professor within the student's program of study is required. Starting salary for community service work study students is $9.00 an hour.

Student Selection

At the beginning of each academic year, the Work Study Coordinator will provide a list of eligible students. All students will be notified via e-mail when their eligibility has been determined.

  • Student must have completed a FAFSA application.
  • Students must have a 2.0 GPA.
  • Students must have an unmet need as determined by his or her budget,and EFC(expected Family Contribution).
  • Students are selected by the completion date they submit his or her FAFSA.(first-come, first-serve). A report is generated to identify ALL eligible students and the Work Study Coordinator will decide from that list who will be selected.
  • Funds Availability
  • Student Expected Family Contribution is zero(Pell EFC = 0)
  • Undergraduate degree seeking student


Please note, if you participated in the Program a prior year does not guarantee you will be selected the following academic year. The only students that are priority to returning are students who participate in the America Read Program and Reading and Math Tutors for the ATTIC.

Student Responsibility

If a student is chosen to participate in the FWS program, the student must complete an interview form each semester. Students must submit a copy of their Driver License and Social Security Card to the Human Resource Department upon being hired by the respective department.

Once a student has been awarded FWS, they may locate jobs on campus by visiting the Career & Counseling Center.

If you have any further question please contact Ms. Parlar Hardrick at