The Federal Work Study Program (FWS), is a federally-funded program designed and set-up in order to help eligible students with the cost of their post-secondary education. The Federal Work Study Program assists students in the earning of funding via a part-time working program. The funds from the program may be used by the student at any of the 3,400 college institutions across the US that are participants in the scheme.
The FWS program used to be called the College Work-Study Program, and the program, like many often federal grant programs, is based upon a student’s financial need, and students must apply and meet various criteria in order to qualify for an award. Students deemed eligible for an award will join work programs organised through their colleges in order to earn money necessary for their tuition and extra college expenses. There are a range of different jobs that qualify for the scheme, and students will receive federal minimum wage-at the very least-for the complete duration of their employment on a work placement under the program.
The FWS scheme is set up to make sure that only those college students most in need of funds get the jobs offered by the scheme. The jobs on the scheme, despite their vast scope, will very often look to encourage community service work as well as work specifically related to a student;s particular course of study. In terms of the program funds themselves, Federal funding is made to participating institutions themselves after a request from the institutions themselves.
Once the funds are worked out and decided for each institution, it is then the responsibility of each institution to allocate and administer the funds. As soon as the funds allocated to an institution have been allocated, no more students will be able to join the scheme until the next year. In order to apply for the schem, students need to file their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA) in order that their eligibility can be determined. Alternatively students may also see what other education grants may be available to them elsewhere as well to help support their education. The program itself is open to undergraduate and postgraduate students alike.