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Federal Work-Study (FWS)


General Information

Federal Work-Study (FWS) provides an opportunity for part-time employment for undergraduate and graduate students with financial need, allowing students to earn money to help pay education related expenses. Work-Study and Community Work-Study positions are available on-campus in a number of university departments and off-campus at approved non-profit and government agencies. Students usually work about 15 to 20 hours per week and hourly pay rates vary depending on job responsibilities and skill level required.




Priority Consideration

Entering Freshman – FWS awards are based on the student indicating interest on the FAFSA (which was filed by the March 10th priority receipt deadline) and Federal Pell Grant eligibility.

Continuing Students - FWS awards are typically awarded to students who used Federal Work-Study in the prior year and have financial need.

We recognize that students who may not be initially awarded with Federal Work Study would like to utilize this program. Interested students with financial need should contact the Office of Student Financial Services to inquire about Federal Work-Study eligibility.




How Do I Find a FWS Job to Earn My FWS Award?

We recommend using JagJobs to search for on and off campus employment that is Work-Study eligible. For instructions on how to use the JagsJobs website please click here. Not all positions listed on JagJobs will be eligible for Federal Work-Study, double check the position type before applying.




How and When Will I Be Paid?

Most students receive a bi-weekly paycheck directly deposited into their bank account. However, some graduate students are paid monthly. Students who do not set up direct deposit will receive a Visa check card issued through the university and payments will be sent to the card. Please note: The timing of the first paycheck will depend on start day and the payroll schedule.


FWS Benefits

    • Flexible work schedules
    • Less reliance on student loan borrowing
    • Valuable work experience
    • Reduced transportation costs with employment on or near campus in most cases
    • FWS earnings may be exempt from Social Security taxes
    • FWS employment is positively linked to academic achievement and graduation
    • FWS earnings are excluded from studentís wages on the next years FAFSA which helps keep your expected family contribution from rising.



What do I do once Iíve been hired for a work-study eligible position?

The first thing is to make sure you have a Work-Study on your financial aid account. (If you do not have an award email our office to inquire about eligibility. Be sure to let us know you have received a job offer). The next step is to make sure you connect your Federal Work-Study award to your job by completing the authorization form.

Additional Information

IUPUI Office of Student Employment - FWS Frequently Asked Questions and job search information