The Federal Work-Study (FWS) program provides part-time employment opportunities to eligible students to help them afford college.

In the FWS program, students whose Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) qualify them for FWS are awarded a specific amount of money which may be earned through part-time employment in FWS-approved positions either on- or off-campus.

FWS jobs are designed to be flexible around students’ class schedules. If you wish to be considered for the FWS program, you must indicate this preference on your FAFSA and apply directly to FWS program employers.

If you have been awarded Federal Work-Study and are looking for a job, the Financial Aid Office maintains a list of available positions.

If you do not currently have a work study award, please follow up with the Financial Aid Office regarding your eligibility for the work study program.

To apply for a Federal Work-Study job, students must meet basic eligibility criteria as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and complete the following steps:

  1. Review the list of available FWS positions. Then contact the hiring supervisor for an interview for the position you are interested in.
  2. If offered a position, you will be referred back to the Financial Aid Office to receive the remaining “new hire” documentation including the Criminal History Record Name Search Request Form.
  3. In addition, a state application is also necessary to complete your new hire process. Log on to the state career site to complete and print an online application. Simply, click the “Create an Application” link on the left and follow the instructions. Please note, a position number and job title is not required on the application.
  4. Submit all completed documents to the Chester Financial Aid Office. Be sure to sign and date your state application and include it with your new hire packet documents.

Your supervisor will notify you when the criminal history search is completed and clear and you can begin employment. 

Brightpoint publishes a FWS Student Handbook with additional information regarding the Federal Work-Study Program.