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Federal Work Study

Along with grants and loans, the Federal Work-Study program can be an important part of the financial aid picture as you look at ways to pay for college. Under the FWS program, undergraduates are paid an hourly rate that is equal to at least the federal minimum wage. The number of hours you work and time of day will depend on your total FWS award amount, class schedule, and other factors. On-campus jobs are often related to the student’s major, while off-campus employment is frequently with a non-profit organization and must serve the public interest.
 
If you are interested in FWS, you must first submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid. You can complete the FAFSA online. Your financial need will be considered as part of the decision whether to grant a FWS position.

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