Federal Work Study (FWS) Program

The FWS program provides employment opportunities for students. A Federal Work Study award is determined through the annual filing of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Selection of Recipients and Allocation of Awards

The applicant must:

  1. be a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen
  2. be enrolled in an undergraduate, graduate, or first-professional program as a matriculated student at an institution participating in the federal campus-based programs
  3. not be in default or refund status for any federal Title IV aid at any institution
  4. if applicable, be registered with the Selective Service
  5. demonstrate financial need

Award Schedule

An employment award is an offer, not a guarantee, of a job. The postsecondary institution arranges jobs, on or off campus, with either public or not-for-profit agencies. You are encouraged to seek positions in community service areas related to your course of study. Factors considered by the Office of Student Financial Services in determining whether, and for how many hours, the recipient may work under this program include financial need, class schedule, academic progress, and the student's health status.

Level of salary must be at least the minimum wage. The maximum salary allowed depends on the nature of the job and the applicant's qualifications.

Responsibilities of Recipients

The student must continue to maintain satisfactory academic progress.

Student Employment

Ithaca College’s Office of Human Resources provides resources for those seeking to obtain employment. The HR Office also manages the Federal Work-Study program for the College. The HR Office assists students in completing their employment paperwork to be eligible to work on campus. It also maintains an online jobs database. Matriculated Ithaca College undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to apply for these jobs. More information regarding student employment can be found here: Student Employment at Ithaca College