Federal Workstudy Program
Federal Work-Study (FWS) is a federally funded program that provides part-time job opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students with financial need; allowing them to earn money to help pay education expenses. The program encourages community service work and work related to the recipient's course of study. Eligibility is determined by the completion of the FAFSA, enrollment status, and Satisfactory Academic Progress. ONLY students qualified by the Office of Student Financial Aid are eligible to participate in the program.
Qualified students who accept FWS are emailed a hiring authorization to their ECU email. This form is to be completed by the student and hiring agency. Students are paid by the hour. Hourly pay rates are based on the students experience level and range from $8.00-$10.00 per hour. Student cannot exceed 20 hours per week during the academic year and 38 hours per week during the summer. The amount of FWS earned can't exceed the total award amount. FWS students are paid twice a month and must submit time sheets. When assigning work hours, students and their employer should consider the students award amount, class schedule, and academic progress. If a student works off campus, their employer will usually be a private nonprofit organization or a public agency, and the work performed must be in the public interest