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Federal Work-Study

Federal Work-Study (FWS) is financial aid based on financial need and must be earned through student employment.

The Federal Work-Study Program (FWS) is a need-based program which provides jobs for students with financial need, allowing them to earn money to help pay education expenses. The program encourages community service work and work related to their course of study.

Many college students successfully carry a normal academic course load of 12 to 18 credit hours per term while working on a part-time basis. Federal Work-Study is a useful option for some students. They may find that they are better able to manage their time as they fit their work schedule into classes, studying, and personal commitments.

Additionally, FWS earnings will not be counted against eligibility on next year’s FAFSA. When completing the FAFSA, students should indicate their FWS earnings on the appropriate line so the earnings can be excluded from earned income. FWS wages are taxable by the Internal Revenue Service.

The program stimulates and promotes part-time employment for students in need of earnings to finance their educational expenses. Work-study jobs are not intended to replace existing staff positions.

Eligibility Requirements

The student must:

  • Demonstrate financial need through a federally approved method of needs analysis by completing Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Be enrolled at least half time (6 credit hours)
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress (SAP) – 67% completion rate and minimum 2.0-grade point average (GPA)

Each year, the college emails eligible students the link to apply for work-study positions.

Students who are on “Financial Aid Warning” or “Suspension” are not eligible for the work-study program.

For additional information, please stop by the Financial Aid Office in U-138, or email Rachel Cavenaugh at rcavenaugh@cfcc.edu .

If you are a current Federal Work-Study student and have not been receiving work-study emails regarding important dates and other important information, please contact Rachel Cavenaugh at rcavenaugh@cfcc.edu to be included in all further notifications.

Work-Study Time Sheets