Federal Work-Study

Federal Work-Study (FWS) is a program that allows undergraduate and graduate students with financial need to earn money to help pay for educational expenses. This program provides part-time jobs and encourages work related to students’ field of study as well as community service.

A student must have financial need; that is, his or her cost of attendance (COA) must be greater than his or her Expected Family Contribution (EFC). A financial aid administrator may not award FWS employment to a student if that award, when combined with all other resources, would exceed the student’s need.

Steps to Apply for Work Study

  1. Pick up a work study application at Career Services or download it here (PDF).
  2. Drop off the application with “Step 1, Student Information” section completed by the deadline to the Financial Aid Office to see if you are eligible.
  3. Within the first week of classes, pick up your application in the Career Services Office.• You will find out if you are eligible for work study and will be helped with finding placement.

    • If you are not eligible, you can receive help with finding a non-work-study job.

Federal Standards
Qualitative – Minimum GPA Undergraduate: Maintain a cumulative 2.0 GPA by the end of the 3rd term and each semester thereafter.

Graduate: Maintain a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA.

Quantitative – Credits Earned Complete a minimum of 67% of your cumulative coursework/units attempted for the academic year. Students are expected to complete their program of study within 150% of the time required as published in the college catalog.

(Continue with Step 4 ONLY if you are eligible)

  1. If hired for the position, have your supervisor complete the appropriate section on your application.
  2. Read the Five Towns College Regulations. Sign and date your application and work-study regulations.
  3. Bring your approved and completed application to Career Services.
  4. Career Services will guide you to the Payroll Department to complete paperwork.

FTC Federal Work-Study Regulations

  1. A new work-study application must be completed each academic year.
  2. A student may work up to 20 hours per week. Written approval from the Provost of the College, prior to the beginning of the semester, is required for any exceptions.
  3. A student must maintain a term and cumulative 2.5 GPA.
  4. A Time Verification form must be completed, signed, and handed in as per Payroll Schedule in order to receive pay.