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Federal Work-Study

Federal Work-Study (FWS) is a federally subsidized program designed to promote part-time employment of financially eligible students to help avoid excessive debt while in school. If FWS is a part of your financial aid awards, you may apply for the on-campus jobs for work-study students. Working at an hourly rate, you are allowed to earn the total work-study amount granted to you. While all employers must pay KU campus minimum wage, pay varies depending on the job and your qualifications. Some positions are defined as community service positions. These jobs allow you to work in an office or other on-campus entity serving residents of Lawrence, particularly low-income residents.

Student Eligibility Criteria

To be considered for Federal Work-Study, you must meet the following minimum eligibility requirements:

  • File the FAFSA (file your FAFSA by the February 1 KU priority date to be considered for limited funded programs)
  • Meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) standards
  • Be enrolled as a degree-seeking student (financial aid is generally not available for non-degree seeking students or for continuing education course work)
  • Meet all federal student aid eligibility criteria

KU Campus Jobs

If you receive FWS, you are responsible for finding your own job and meeting hiring requirements. Search on-campus job postings. Many campus departments are eager to hire FWS student employees. If you need assistance in your job search or would like information about career development or planning, please visit the KU University Career Center website.

If you are in a FWS position, you may work up to 30 hours per week when classes are in session. When classes are not in session, including summer, you may work up to 40 hours per week. FWS students and employers are responsible for monitoring the status of the FWS award. Once your earnings limit has been reached, you are no longer eligible to work as a Federal Work-Study student employee. At that time, your employment must be terminated or switched to regular student hourly payroll.

Requesting Federal Work-Study Awards

If FWS does not appear on your Accept/Decline Awards screen in Enroll & Pay and you are interested in this program, please schedule an appointment with a Financial Aid Counselor to discuss the effect that FWS would have on your other awards. If funds are available, there may be a Federal Work-Study Open Request period.

Benefits of Federal Work-Study:

  • Academic-year FWS earnings are exempt from student contribution calculations on the following year's Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  • It may help you avoid excessive debt, because you earn as you learn.
  • It may be more convenient because you can work between classes.
  • It may be more flexible because on-campus employers are familiar with the academic calendar.
  • It may help you get more involved in campus activities as you get to know more university students, staff, and faculty.
  • It may provide additional preparation for your post-graduation job search, because many on-campus jobs are in career-related areas and might offer you more responsibility each year you work.

Important Dates for KU Staff:

  • 08/9/2020 First day to utilize 2020-21 FWS funds
  • 12/26/2020 Last day to utilize FWS funds for students with “fall only” awards
  • 01/10/2021 First day to utilize FWS funds for students with “spring only” awards
  • 05/29/2021 Last day to utilize academic year FWS funds
  • 05/30/2021 First day to utilize summer FWS funds
  • 08/9/2021 Last day to utilize summer FWS funds

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