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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 you to earn money to help pay education expenses. FWS encourages community service and work related to your program of 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 in FWS on the FAFSA (which was filed by the March 10th priority receipt deadline) and the student must be eligible for the Federal Pell Grant program.

Continuing Students - FWS awards are based on the student's participation in the FWS program during the preceding aid year and financial need.

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

The primary method to search for FWS employment is provided by the IUPUI Office of Student Employment.

How and When Will I Be Paid?

You will be paid bi-weekly with your paycheck being directly deposited into a checking or savings account. If you do not set up direct deposit, you will receive your pay via a Visa check card issued through the university, and you can access your pay with this card. Please note: When you begin working, it can take three or four weeks to receive your first pay. It depends on your start date and where it falls within the payroll schedule.

FWS Benefits

    • Flexible work schedules
    • May allow you to reduce student loans
    • 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 earnings are excluded in determining your expected family contribution in the next aid year
    • FWS employment is positively linked to academic achievement and graduation

Additional Information

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