Work Study

Federal Work Study

Federal Work Study (FWS) is a federally subsidized program awarded to undergraduate students based on their financial needs. Through the FWS program, students engage in work for the university or non-profit organizations as defined by the federal government. Student employed through the FWS program not only provide essential services to the university or the community, but also have the opportunity to secure positions which may relate to their educational objectives, or enable then to gain valuable work experience.

Students who are approved receive work study awards as part of their financial aid package. Students are paid bi-weekly by check or by direct deposit, and the amount students earn cannot exceed the total FWS award.

This program allows students to work either on-campus or off-campus. Students can seach for jobs on JobZone. Students who are determined to have financial need may be awarded a financial aid package that includes FWS employment eligibility. However, because of limited funding, not all students will be awarded work-study monies.

Please note that it is the employer’s and student’s responsibility to keep track of the worker’s hours so that the FWS award is not exceed. We recommend that you use this excel tool to track.

 Employer Responsibilities:
Below we have provided an outline of the supervisor’s role as well as some guidelines and helpful tools.

Prepare for your student’s arrival:

  • Explain the purpose of the program to the rest of the staff
  • Arrange an appropriate work station for the student
  • Develop a list of goals / objectives that you have for the student

Training / Orientation:

  • Provide the student with an orientation about your organization / department / office
  • Explain the organizational structure, work environment, dress code, etc.

To be successful, we believe that the FWS program should give the student the opportunity to:

  • Contribute to a community organization or IPFW department / office
  • Have meaningful and relevant work projects assigned to students
  • Exercise knowledge and skills gained in the classroom while acquiring on-the-job training