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Federal Work Study

The Federal Work Study (FWS) Program is a subsidized student employment program. Note: While the name of the program may be deceiving, employees are expected to work (not study) while earning pay.


The student must:

  • Demonstrate financial need as determined by filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  • Be fully admitted as a degree-seeking student in an undergraduate or graduate program at ISU.
  • Be enrolled a minimum of 6 credit hours.
  • Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress standards.
  • Be a U.S. Citizen or eligible non-citizen.
  • 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

  What are the advantages of Work Study jobs?

  How do I get a job?

  Can I change to a different Work Study job?

  What if I do not get a job?

  How much will I be paid?

  Is Federal Work Study income taxable?

  How do I get my Work Study money?

  Am I eligible for benefits?

  How many hours per week must I work?

  What happens when I reach my award maximum?

  Will I get Work Study every semester while I attend ISU?

  Can my fall/spring Work Study award be used in the summer?

  Rights and Responsibilities


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