The Federal Work Study (FWS) Program is a part-time employment program designed to help you meet your educational expenses. To apply, submit your resume and accept the funds you have been offered within 10 days.
Federal Work Study is not a lump sum grant. You are eligible to earn up to the dollar amount listed on your financial aid award letter over the course of the term-time. You are not guaranteed this money, nor are you required to earn it all. If you would like to earn the dollar amount listed on your financial aid award letter, you need to find a job and work the appropriate amount of hours. You will receive the money in monthly paychecks based on your hourly wage and hours worked. The paychecks are issue on the 15th of every month.
In order to activate your Federal Work Study you should review the jobs posted at the Career Center.
There are many benefits, but here’s a few to think about:
You will receive an Award Letter indicating the financial aid you have been awarded. If you are eligible for Federal Work-Study, it will be listed with a dollar amount on the award letter. The dollar amount is the maximum a student may earn for the academic year on the Federal Work-Study Program.
You will receive an email when your financial aid package is posted online. Access your financial aid award through MyCSUSM to view your awards. If you are eligible for Federal Work-Study, it will be listed with a dollar amount. The dollar amount is the maximum a student may earn for the academic year on the Federal Work-Study Program.
Federal Work-Study is a form of financial aid and, like other forms of financial aid, may be used only in the year for which it was awarded. You must reapply for this, as well as all other types of aid, each year by filing the FAFSA by March 2nd at www.FAFSA.gov. There is no guarantee that you will receive FWS each year, as it is part of your total financial aid package and will be influenced by other types of aid you receive (including loans), family income and your non-Federal Work-Study income during the previous year. All of these items are variable and can impact your eligibility.