What is Federal Work Study?
Federal Work Study (FWS) is a federally funded program that provides students financial assistance that will not have to be paid back. FWS is need-based form of financial aid awarded to students that are able to secure jobs from interviews arranged through the Financial Aid Office. A FWS award is not a guarantee that you will earn your entire award amount. FWS is different from other types of financial aid because you do not receive funds until you locate a job and begin working. The amount you earn is dependent upon the job you obtain and the number of hours you work. One main advantage of FWS employment is that when you apply for future financial aid, your FWS earnings are not included as a financial resource.
How do I get a FWS job?
Interested students must:
- Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
- Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.ed.gov
- Have "financial need" calculated by the federal need analysis formula (Estimated Family Contribution or EFC) and cost of going to school
- Complete financial aid file
- Be enrolled in a degree-seeking program and make satisfactory academic progress
- Not owe on a federal grant or be defaulted on a federal loan
Students interested in FWS should prepare a resume and check with us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
How do I get paid?
After you secure a position and begin work, you are paid biweekly. The amount of FWS you earn is dependent upon the number of hours you work each week and your hourly pay rate. Most students work between 15-20 hours per week and pay rate is determined by San Francisco's current minimum wage. The maximum you can earn on a job is determined by the amount of your FWS award. When your earnings equal the total amount of the award, the Financial Aid Office will contact you with further options. Earnings in excess of your award may jeopardize the rest of your financial aid package.
When are timesheets due?
Timesheets must be signed by you and your supervisor and turned into the Financial Aid Office no later than 11:30a.m. Monday before payday.
Where and when do I pick up my paycheck?
A payroll schedule is available at the Financial Aid Office. You may pick up your paycheck at the Financial Aid Office, 150 Hayes Street, 4th Floor after 9am on paydays. Paychecks not picked up by the following Friday may be mailed to the address on the paycheck.
Direct deposit is also available. Students with direct deposit will have their pay stubs mailed on payday.
What else do I need to know about FWS?
Awards: FWS begins on the first day of classes and ends on the last day of classes. Students may not work during intercessions without approval from the direct supervisor and the Financial Aid Office. Unearned FWS awards may not be carried forward into the next award year.
Hours: Students are limited to working 8 hours per day and 20 hours per week.
Breaks: Students are entitled to a 15 minute break for every 4 hours worked during a given work shift. The supervisor determines when breaks are to be taken. A minimum 30 minute unpaid break must be taken during work shifts that are more than five hours.
If you are interested in applying for FWS, please contact the Financial Aid Office. The availability of positions is limited and placement is not guaranteed. Applications will not automatically carry over between terms, so be sure to check back with us at a later date if you were unable to obtain a position.
Financial Aid Office – 4th Floor
150 Hayes St.
San Francisco, CA 94102