Not be in default on an educational loan or owe an overpayment on a federal education grant, or other federal debt, or
has made satisfactory arrangements to repay that debt.
Based on the results of the FAFSA, eligible students are awarded an allotment that may be earned through part-time employment in FWS approved positions.
Note: The only way for students accepting their Federal Work Study award to receive the award amount is to get a job, work their assigned hours per week, and earn the funding. Students are strongly encouraged to begin the job search early. Popular Federal Work Study positions are highly sought after and tend to be filled quickly.
Students must apply, interview, and be hired for jobs. Eligibility for FWS does not guarantee a job. Hiring is at the discretion of the supervisor.
Search for Work Study jobs by visiting the Career Center website or
going to the Career Center at 231 N. 6th Walkway (east of the fountain).
Visit the Career Center Jobs Fair, held during Welcome Week at the beginning of the fall semester.
Complete the FAFSA early so FWS eligibility confirmation can be made.
Students should provide the following to their employer:
A copy of their Financial Aid Notification Letter showing FWS eligibility (can be printed from MYISU Portal)
A copy of current and/or coming semester class schedule
When students accept FWS positions, they are making a commitment as an employee to that employer. Students are expected to
stay for the length of the Work Study award period (usually two semesters), and are discouraged from changing jobs in the
middle of the academic year.
Just like any part-time job, the employee should complete the new job application, interview for the position, and, if selected,
give his or her current employer at least two weeks' notice before leaving.
Work schedules are to be determined by the student and employer. Students should never be scheduled to work during class
time. Also, FWS students should never work more than 7.5 hours in one day or 20 hours in one week.
FWS is part of the financial aid package. Students may earn up to the amount of their award as listed on their Financial Aid Notification Letter per semester (typically $2,500-$3,500).
The student and the employer should monitor earnings to be sure the award amounts are not exceeded.
By accepting a FWS position, students become members of a department or agency that depends on them. Students should report
to work on time, notify the supervisor when they will be late or absent, and dress appropriately for the work location
(dress code should be discussed during the interview). When asking for time off, students should consider the employer's
needs as well as their own. In addition, some FWS positions may require access to confidential information. Abuse or misuse
of such authorization is grounds for dismissal and other disciplinary actions.
If a problem develops on the job, the first point of contact should be the supervisor. If the problem cannot be resolved,
the student should contact the Student Employment Office. Quitting a FWS job should be a decision of last resort. There is no
guarantee that the Work Study award can be replaced with another type of aid or that the student can secure another FWS
position. Failure to follow expected policies and regulations may result in the cancellation of their Work Study award
and the loss of their Work Study position. Acceptance of a position through Work Study implies a commitment to the employer
for at least one semester or the time agreed upon during the interview process.