FWS is a federally funded financial aid program, and is designed to assist students in meeting the cost of higher education by promoting access to meaningful work experiences.
The hourly wage or salary earned through work-study can be credited to school accounts to cover tuition and fees, or it can be paid directly to student as a check or direct deposit.
Both full and part-time students enrolled at participating schools and students with financial need are eligible for work-study at all education levels.
Work-study jobs are depend on the school you're attending, but they often include administrative, research & library positions. There may be off-campus positions for as well.
Your total work-study award depends on, when you apply, level of financial need and school’s funding level. The federal minimum wage is the lowest rate you can be paid.
If you are an undergraduate student, you're paid by the hour. If you are a graduate or professional student, you're paid by the hour or by salary, depending on the work you do.