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Work: Federal Work-Study

Federal Work-Study

For a list of current job opportunities, please click here.

To apply for a Work-Study positions, please click here.

Welcome to Work-Study!

As part of your financial aid packages, work-study jobs provide an incredible opportunity to:

  • Earn part of your college costs rather than increase your loans.
  • Decline and reduce the loan amounts offered to you.

The Federal Work-Study Program (FWS) is a federally funded financial aid program that enables a student to work part-time while attending school. The federal government pays for a portion of your earnings and the University pays the remaining portion.

All students who apply for financial aid are reviewed for eligibility. Students must have financial need, which is determined by the information that is submitted on the required Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students are notified of their financial aid awards, and work-study eligibility through the Office of Financial Aid via an award letter.

Federal Work-Study is not a lump sum grant. Students are eligible to earn up to the dollar amount listed on the Financial Aid Award Letter, over the course of the Academic Year. Work-Study earnings are not credited to student tuition and fee bill, and are instead issued to the student in a bi-weekly pay check. These earnings can be used however the student chooses.

Presence of a FWS amount on the award letter does not guarantee employment. Conversely, students whose award letters do not include a FWS amount, may still be eligible to participate in the Federal Work-Study program, and should contact the Office of Financial Aid to determine eligibility.

Students interested in obtaining employment must submit an application to the Office of Financial Aid. Applications will be submitted to departments requesting student workers. Supervisors from participating departments will contact students for interviews, and hiring.

What makes Work-Study great?

  • Reduce student loan debt by reducing or declining loans.
  • Gain valuable job skills and experiences.
  • Meet students, work with professionals, and expand your social and career networks.
  • Be more confident talking to recruiters at job fairs.
  • Become an aggressive, savvy job hunter.

What is Community Service Work-Study?

Community Service Work-Study is a federally-funded program that allows students to earn their work-study award while serving the community in areas such as: education, recreation, child care, health care, public safety, social services, crime prevention, emergency preparedness and response, and tutoring and mentoring.

Community service positions benefit the student as well as the community by increasing awareness of community needs through employment in areas that are dedicated to improving the quality of life for community residents, or solve problems related to their needs. Community service work-study is a great way to make a difference in the lives of others, and earn a work-study award at the same time.

For the 2016-2017 Academic Year, students performing Community Service Work Study are doing so as literacy tutors. These positions are made available due to our partnership with Alice Harte Charter School. If you wish to participate in the Community Service Work Study program, please contact the Office of Financial Aid at (504) 398-2133.

Off Campus Jobs

Students who are looking for off-campus jobs to help pay for college can get assistance through Career Services.


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