Federal Work Study Program (FWS)

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This program was originally authorized by the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964, is contained in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, and was reauthorized by the Higher Education Amendments of 1992. It provides jobs to students who qualify for financial assistance and encourages them to participate in community service activities.

Applicant must be enrolled full or part time in an undergraduate or graduate program at an approved postsecondary institution. Student must be a citizen or a permanent resident of the United States.

Amounts vary and are awarded solely on the basis of need as determined by the financial aid office of the institution. Eligible student may work up to the maximum number of hours per week set by the institution. Jobs usually range from 8 to 15 hours per week and pay at least the federal minimum wage. Employment may be on or off campus.

Application Procedure
Student applies for an FWS award by filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FWS will be included as part of the student's total financial aid package developed through the school the student attends. Annual application is required. Recipients are selected by the financial aid office at the institution. See the web page at http://www.ed.gov/.

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