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Federal Work Study

Federal Work Study (FWS) is a federally sponsored program that enables eligible students to earn income through part-time employment with select organizations, including the university, local nonprofit organizations, and government agencies.

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Students, who are U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents, complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by the priority filing deadline and have demonstrated financial need, which is the difference between the cost of attendance (COA) at American University and the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) as determined by the FAFSA, are eligible.

Undergraduate students who meet FWS eligibility requirements, will have their FWS awards listed in their respective financial aid packages.

Graduate students are awarded FWS through their respective schools.

In order to start earning FWS funds, you must

No. Federal Work Study is an employment program; like other part-time student jobs, students earn a paycheck for the hours worked every two weeks.

There are two main differences. First, employers often prefer to hire students awarded Federal Work Study because 75% of FWS students' wages are covered by the U.S. Department of Education. Second, FWS earnings do not impact students. Expected Family Contribution (EFC), whereas other part-time income may affect EFC and reduce students. financial aid eligibility in subsequent years.

View student job postings and consider opportunities that are on or off campus. To support AU faculty and staff, search according to AU department. To tutor children through AU, DC Reads program or to work with a local nonprofit organization or government agency, view postings for which the department field reads "FWS Off-Campus." When you are ready to apply, follow the job's application instructions and seek guidance from your career advisor if necessary.

You may only hold one (1) FWS position at a time; however, you may pursue another part-time job or internship in addition to your FWS position. On average, FWS students work 8-10 hours per week. If working in multiple AU positions, do not work more than 20 hours per week during the academic year.

No. You or your supervisor may terminate your employment at any time. If you are no longer able to fulfill your duties or want to change positions, provide advance notice to your supervisor and formally resign before starting a new FWS position.

In general, you may start working as soon as you have accepted your FWS award through the myAU portal, secured an FWS job, and submitted necessary paperwork to Human Resources.To work off campus with a nonprofit organization or government agency, you must have also completed a payroll orientation conducted by the Career Center's Student Employment Coordinator. To become a tutor with DC Reads, you must have also proven to have tested negative for TB (tuberculosis) within the past 12 months and have participated in a mandatory training.

There are limited work study funds available for full time graduate students. A FAFSA must be on file. Interested students should contact their academic department

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