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DC Reads: Information about Federal Work Study (FWS)

The federal work-study program combines federal funds with funds a student earns by working. 

Students must file the FAFSA to be eligible for consideration. Award amounts vary and hourly wages are determined by the employer and job category. The student worker receives a bi-weekly check for hours worked. These earnings must be used for educational expenses and cannot be used to reduce tuition costs.

How do I know if I'm eligible for Federal Work-Study (FWS)?

FWS eligibility is determined by the financial aid officers at American University and students receive FWS awards as part of their financial aid package at American University.

Only FWS eligible students are eligible for paid tutoring positions with DC Reads.

What else do I need to know about FWS?

If you are applying to DC Reads as an FWS employee, there are a number of additional steps to complete your hiring process: 

You must be sure that American University has all of your tax and employment eligibility paperwork on file before you start tutoring. You will find the necessary forms in the Quick Links section on this page.

Employment Eligibility Form

I-9 Form
-- This form varies that you are eligible to work in the United States and is necessary before you start tutoring.

In order to complete your I-9, you'll need to provide original documents. Please read this form carefully to determine which forms of dedication are approved. Also be aware that copies of the documents will not be accepted.

Tax Withholding Forms

Tax Forms for DC Reads Tutors

AU's Payroll office has put together a comprehensive list of necessary tax withholding forms that you must complete depending on your residence.

Get Federal & State Tax Forms

Direct Deposit

American University Direct Deposit

This allows AU to electronically deposit     your paycheck directly into your bank account. You will also need to submit     a voided check to enroll.

Get setup with Direct Deposit