What is Federal Work Study?
Federal Work Study (FWS) is a need-based federal financial aid program through which the federal government provides funds to Stevens that permit us to create job opportunities for our eligible students. The jobs created allow FWS awardees to earn wages that assist them in covering various education-related expenses such as transportation, books and suplies, etc.
How much FWS can I earn?
The Federal work-study award amount that appears on your Financial Aid Award Letter is an estimated total of your earning eligibility. This amount represents the maximum limit of FWS wages you may earn for that academic year. The award is not a guarantee of wages to be earned; you will only be paid for the actual hours you have worked at a rate of $8.00/hour for undergraduates and $10.00/hour for Graduate students. Income under this program is potentially taxable.
How do I find a job?
Click on http://www.stevens.edu/finaid/fwsdepts.php to see a list of available work study positions. Not all jobs may still be available. Contact the supervisor of desired position by the phone number or email listed to learn more about the position and availability of hours.
How to accept FWS
Before you begin working, you must submit a completed Payroll Notice, a Federal Employment Eligibility Verification Form (I-9) with required documentation (listed on the reverse of the I-9 form). The I-9 can be downloaded from Stevensí website or is available in the Student Service Center. The payroll notice can be picked up at the Student Service Center or at the office of the department you choose to work for.
While classes are in session, freshman may work up to 10 hours/week and upperclassmen up to 15 hours/week; graduate students may work up to 20 hours/week. During summer, winter, and spring breaks, a FWS employee may work up to 35 hours/week.
Can I switch jobs?
If a FWS employee wishes to change jobs during the academic year, a new Payroll Notice must be completed and submitted to the Financial Aid office before you begin working in the new department.
There is no previous work experience required to work a FWS job. This is a Federally-funded work program awarded to assist you with your college expenses and gain work experience while completing your degree.
FWS Eligibility and Requirements
You may not work after you graduate.
You must be enrolled at least half-time each semester while employed. Half-time is defined as six credits per semester for both undergraduate and graduate students. (Exception: if you wish to work during the summer, you may do so without being registered for classes IF YOU ARE RETURNING IN THE FOLLOWING FALL SEMESTER as at least a half-time or equivalent student. If you are not returning for the following fall semester, you must be enrolled at least half-time during the summer in order to work.).
Your 2009-2010 FWS award is valid from July 1, 2009 through June 30, 2010. If you are a new student you are eligible to begin working after classes have begun for your first semester. If you are a continuing student, you are eligible to begin using your award as soon as you have received a 2009-2010 Award Letter that includes an FWS award, and the required paperwork.
In order to have your FWS award (and other need-based awards) renewed in future years, you must file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for every academic year. The priority deadline for filing the FAFSA each year is April 30th.