The Federal Work-Study program provides jobs for college students with financial need,
allowing them to earn money to help pay educational expenses. If you are interested
in earning extra money while in college, FWS could be right for you!
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What is the Federal Work-Study Program?
The FWS program provides jobs for college students with financial need, allowing them
to earn money to help pay educational expenses. Students can be employed in a variety
of positions including work related to their area of study on-campus, off-campus,
or with a community service program/organization (America Reads – reading tutor, America
Counts – math tutor, etc.).
How do I find out if I am qualified for Federal Work-Study?
To be eligible for the FWS program you must meet the Financial Aid qualifications.
Your first step is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
If financial need is demonstrated as determined by Student Financial Aid, FWS can
be manually awarded once the student is hired for a FWS job.
Increasing or decreasing FWS eligibility may affect other financial aid. If you are
interested in this program and have completed your FASFA, contact Financial Aid at
firstname.lastname@example.org or call 419.559.2344 to inquire about eligibility.
What is Off-Campus Federal Work-Study?
Off-campus sites will usually be with non-profit organizations or public agencies,
and the work performed must be in the public interest. Federal Work-Study jobs should
be relevant to your course of study to the maximum extent possible.
If I qualify for Federal Work-Study am I guaranteed a job?
No. Students who are only interested in working on-campus will be contacted by the
supervisor(s) who are interested in interviewing them. Your application will be released
to the supervisor once it is verified that you meet the qualifications for Student
Students interested in FWS jobs must apply for each position they are interested in.
Once eligibility is confirmed, your resume will be forwarded to the supervisor(s).
The supervisor(s) will then decide whether to contact you for an interview and ultimately
if they would like to hire you.
How many hours a week can I work?
A FWS student can work up to 20 hours per week, with a qualifying GPA. However the
number of hours per week will also depend on the scheduling needs of your supervisor
and the total amount of your FWS award.
How much can I earn?
The total work study award depends on the level of need and the funding level of Terra
State Community College. Earnings will be based on the FWS award amount. Currently,
student employees are paid the Ohio minimum wage per hour.
Can I work as a Student Employee if I do not qualify for Federal Work-Study?
Yes, many on campus student employee positions do not require you to be FWS eligible.
However you would not be eligible for any off-campus FWS or on campus FWS only positions.
For on campus student employee positions select Student Employee in the Job Type field.
Who can I talk to if I have additional questions about Federal Work-Study?
You can contact Financial Aid with other questions or to find out if you are FWS eligible.
Be sure to provide your full name and how you can be reached, i.e. an email address
and/or phone number.
Examples of Student Employment Jobs
Admissions - student ambassador, customer service and clerical support
Computer Services - customer service and technical support
Financial Aid - customer service and clerical support
Human Resources - customer service and clerical support
Job Store - customer service (off campus)
Kern Center - clerical support
Library services support
Marketing - special projects
Math tutors at local elementary schools (off campus)
Reading tutors at local elementary schools (off campus)
Records Office - customer service and clerical support