Student Employment & Work Study FAQ

Q. What is federal work-study (FWS)?
Q. Do I have to work if I am awarded work-study as part of my financial aid package?
Q. How does the work-study program work?
Q. How do I get awarded work-study?
Q. How many hours a week will I be required to work? 

Q. What is federal work-study (FWS)?

A. Work-study is a financial aid program that allows undergraduate or graduate students to work on-campus or with approved off-campus employers in order to earn money to help pay for educational expenses and gain work experience.

Q. Do I have to work if I am awarded work-study as part of my financial aid package?

A. No. FWS is part of the financial aid award "package" that typically consists of loan, work and scholarship awards. Getting a FWS award makes it easier for you to find a job. However, you may choose to reject your FWS offer if you have planned to meet your expenses in other ways. Some students reject their FWS if they already have a part-time job that's not funded by FWS.

Q. How does the work-study program work?

A. Having a FWS award means the federal government will pay for part of your earnings and your employer only has to pay a portion. Many students use their FWS earnings to pay for the personal expenses included in their cost of attendance. However, you may choose to reject your FWS offer if you have planned to meet your expenses in other ways. Some students reject their FWS if they already have a part-time job that's not funded by FWS.

Q. How do I get awarded work-study?

A. There is no separate application process. You just need to submit all the necessary financial aid application materials. View the Checklist to see what you need to submit. Once you have been awarded a FWS award, you will go to the HoyaWorks website to view and apply for jobs.

Q. How many hours a week will I be required to work?

A. Typically 10-15 hours per week, but you can work with your employer to find a schedule that works best for you.