The Federal Work-Study (FWS) program provides part-time jobs for students so they can help pay education expenses. The program encourages community service work and work related to the recipient’s course of study.

To apply for the Federal Work-Study program, students must:

  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by the college’s priority deadline, March 1
  • Submit all requested documents to the Financial Aid Office
  • Be enrolled in six credit hours applicable to your eligible program
  • Have financial need
  • Submit a FWS application to be considered.

Work-study is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. The amount of work-study you are eligible to earn is shown on your financial aid award letter, viewable online using the Financial Aid Self Service Tool. Financial Aid Self Service can be accessed from the student menu on the MVConnect portal.

The amount of your work-study award is determined by your need and the availability of funds at the college. Once we have exhausted available funds, students will be placed on a waitlist and awarded as funds become available.

Being awarded FWS does not guarantee employment. It’s your responsibility to secure a position by the fourth week of the term (or four weeks after becoming eligible for FWS).

Students unable to secure a position by the deadline will have their funds reallocated to a student on the waitlist.

For assistance with locating and applying for Federal Work-Study employment, visit the Job Resource Center in Building S, Room S202, call (708) 974-5737.

Important Things to Know

Any student who accepts a student employee position accepts the responsibility of maintaining professional standards and agrees to the following:

  • Perform their job assignment in a serious and responsible manner.
  • Follow a predetermined work schedule that is acceptable to both the student and the employer. The average hours worked per week is four to five. The maximum number of hours per week a student can work is 20 (based on award eligibility).
  • Students cannot work during class hours.
  • All students must complete necessary paperwork before beginning work.
  • Stop working immediately upon reaching your FWS award limit, become ineligible for your award or your enrollment falls below six credit hours. Students are responsible for keeping track of their hours worked, unless other arrangements have been made with your supervisor.

**All Federal Work-study awards are subject to change should a student receive additional aid that would cause an overaward or should a student fail to maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress.