Federal Work-Study (FWS)
The Federal Work-Study program provides jobs on or off campus to enable students to earn a portion of their college expenses. Students who demonstrate sufficient financial need and meet the appropriate deadlines can be awarded Federal Work-Study.
FWS is disbursed in the form of a paycheck directly to the student based on the number of hours worked each month. For this reason, students should not include FWS funds when determining the family’s portion of the yearly costs on the Estimating College Costs worksheet.
Note: The amount of FWS funds a student is eligible to earn in an academic year is noted in a paragraph on the lower portion of the financial aid award notification. A student’s gross earnings may not exceed the FWS award. It is the student’s and supervisor’s responsibility to track earnings under this program. Please be aware that students who decline a FWS award or fail to complete the necessary steps to secure these funds within a reasonable time will have their FWS award cancelled.
The Federal Work-Study (FWS) program is a federal financial aid program available to students with demonstrated financial need as measured by the US Department of Education. As authorized by Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 as amended, the FWS program is partially funded by the federal government with a percentage match funded by the employer, Lewis & Clark College, or the outside agency. The availability of funds is dependent upon the annual appropriation from Congress and allocation from the US Department of Education. Federal Work-Study is awarded to eligible students as part of the financial aid package. The program emphasizes community service work outside of the College community and on-campus work that is vital to the functioning of the College. Students earn an hourly wage and are issued a monthly check. Students cannot earn more than the amount of their FWS award. Work hours must not interfere with scheduled class hours.
Student Financial Services assists students in locating part-time jobs by posting employment opportunities on an online database. Since it is the student’s responsibility to secure employment, students are encouraged to review job openings and contact potential employers as early in the semester as possible. Students should be prepared to provide a résumé, fill out an application, and have an interview with the supervisor before securing a position.
Students typically work an average of 6-10 hours per week. Students may not work more than 20 hours per week while classes are in session and may not work more than 40 hours a week when classes are not in session. The pay rate for most on-campus jobs is between $8.95 and $9.50 per hour. Review the chart below to see approximately how many hours of work it would take for a student earning $8.40 per hour to earn a given amount over the course of the fall and spring semesters.
|2 hours per week =||$500||8 hours per week =||$2000|
|4 hours per week =||$1000||10 hours per week =||$2500|
|6 hours per week =||$1500||12 hours per week =||$3000|
As with any job, it is necessary for students to complete certain federally-required employment forms to document that they are eligible to work in the United States. Completion of the I-9 Employment Eligibility Form is required before beginning initial employment and the W-4 Withholding Form is recommended to ensure proper tax withholding. Both forms are completed at Student Financial Services.
Be advised that to complete the I-9 form, students will need to show certain original documents to the Student Financial Services staff who will complete the form. As an example, students may complete an I-9 form by showing a United States Passport OR a driver’s license AND original Social Security Card. Faxed or copied documents cannot be accepted. Please review the I-9 form for a complete list of accepted documentation.
The Federal Work-Study program is available to students at the Graduate School of Education who demonstrate sufficient financial need. Jobs are primarily located on campus and pay $8.40 to $9.50 an hour. Graduate students often find that their academic schedules do not allow time to take advantage of the Federal Work Study program. However, students who wish to have their eligibility for the program reviewed should contact the Office of Student Financial Services.
Federal Work-Study is also available for law students. Visit Student Employment for Law Students for more information.