Federal Work Study
Federal Work-Study (FWS) provides part-time jobs for undergraduate
and graduate students with financial need, allowing them to earn money
to help pay education expenses. The program encourages community service
work and work related to the recipient's course of study.
Will I be paid the same as I would in any other job?
You'll be paid by the hour. No FWS student
may be paid by commission or fee. Philander Smith College must pay you directly
(unless you direct otherwise) and at least monthly. Wages for the
program must equal at least the current federal minimum wage but might
be higher, depending on the type of work you do and the skills required.
The amount you earn can't exceed your total FWS award. When assigning
work hours, your employer or financial aid administrator will consider
your award amount, your class schedule, and your academic progress.
What kinds of jobs are there in Federal Work-Study?
If you work on campus, you'll usually work for your school. If you
work off campus, your employer will usually be a private nonprofit
organization or a public agency, and the work performed must be in the
Your school might have agreements with private for-profit employers
for Federal Work-Study jobs. This type of job must be relevant to your
course of study (to the maximum extent possible). If you attend a career
school, there might be further restrictions on the jobs you can be