Federal Work-Study

Federal Work-Study

Federal Work-Study (FWS) is a need-based work program designed to assist students in meeting their financial obligations while attending school. FWS is income many students earn that does not effect federal aid need.

Work study is the opportunity to work on campus while going to school. Many departments hire student workers and are flexible with class schedules. This is a good way to develop employable skills and begin networking for full-time opportunities.


Eligibility for these positions is dependent upon need, as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students must complete the financial aid process before eligibility for FWS can be determined. Complete the FAFSA application for eligibility.

As a Work-Study employee, you are limited to earn the amount of your FWS award. A FWS award is not disbursed in a lump sum, but through bi-weekly paychecks for hours actually worked. There is no guarantee that you will earn the full amount of your FWS Award. Once you reach your earning limitation, your supervisor may continue your employment under their divisional budget. Due to budget restrictions, there is no guarantee for a continued employment under the division's budget.

Federal Work-Study positions pay at least the current federal minimum wage but may be higher, depending upon the type of work for the position and the skills required (the average pay is $12.15 - $13.50 an hour). Employees will be allowed to work no more than 20 hours per week during regular terms of enrollment to allow sufficient time for their studies.

Available Positions

All available Federal Work-Study positions can be viewed in Maricopa Careerlink. Positions are limited and students interested in Federal Work-Study should check to see if they are eligible for Work-Study before applying online.

Current positions are updated as positions and funding become available.

To view available Work-Study opportunities in Maricopa Careerlink, enter "GWC Federal Work Study" in the Jobs search field.

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