Federal Work-Study

Federal Work-Study Info for EmployersOpens in new window

Federal Work-Study Info for Community Service EmployersOpens in new window

The Federal Work-Study (FWS) provides part-time jobs for undergraduates 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 student's course of study. FWS is offered to all students that meet the eligibility listed below. FWS funds are granted on a first-come-first-served basis. Once enough students are hired to utilize all Federal Work-Study funds, FWS hiring will cease. 

Students are employed with on-campus and off-campus partners. Students receive an allocation of funds to be earned through part-time employment. FWS employee are paid once a month, ranging from California's minimum wage to the maximum wage of $23.25 an hour, depending on the type of job.

On Campus FWS positions are advertised on HRDI’s Career page Opens in new window . and Off Campus FWS positions can be found on Titan ConnectionOpens in new window . If you are interested in a position that is not designated as Federal Work-Study, while interviewing you can still share that you are Federal Work-Study eligible. Whether or not students are hired as Federal Work-Study students is determined by the hiring department.

Eligibility Requirements

  1. Complete the FAFSA by March 2nd

  2. Answer "Yes" to question 28 on the FAFSA, "Are you interested in being considered for work-study?"

  3. Submit all requested financial aid documentation from your To-Do-List by the due date

  4. EFC of $3,000 or less

  5. Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress 

  6. Enrolled in at least six (6) or more units per semester

  7. Must have Federal Need as determined by Federal Guidelines

The Student's Responsibility

  • Student with FWS awards do not have to access to accept the award offer.

  • The FWS Coordinator will accept the student's award during the FWS hiring process (which must be initiated by the employer).  Financial Aid must receive the request to approve their FWS appointment from their employer, and the student must meet all eligibility requirements.

  • Provide a copy of your award summary to show proof of a FWS award when submitting applications. If an award is not included in your award summary, you cannot apply for FWS jobs. Award summaries can be obtained on your student portal, within your Student Homepage under Financial Aid.

  • Complete the hiring process with your employer ensuring that all required documents have been provided to Human Resources.

  • Notify your supervisor of any changes to your FWS award.

  • Work with your supervisor to keep accurate records of hours worked so as not to exceed the FWS allocation.

  • Complete and submit the time sheet to the appropriate supervisor on time.

  • Maintain at least half-time units per semester, at all times. If you drop below the half-time unitOpens in new window requirement, you cannot continue to be employed under FWS regulations.

  • Maintain Satisfactory Academic ProgressOpens in new window according to the policies and procedures of the Office of Financial Aid.

Important FWS Information

Finding a FWS Job

Simply visit HRDI’s Career websiteOpens in new window and utilize the Federal Work-Study filter. If you are having problems finding a job you may want to seek assistance from the Career Center. They can help you develop a resume, prepare for interviews, explore careers and have many other important and valuable resources.


To ensure your success in finding a Federal Work-Study position, please apply early in the academic year as availability of positions will decrease over time. Make sure you pay attention to the needs of the employer, if they are seeking specific majors that differ from yours, maybe you should consider another position. Also, if you are interested in a position, writing a cover letter or email to the employer may be a great way to introduce yourself, highlight your skills, and show your interest in the job. 

FWS - Terms & Conditions

  • FWS is run on a first-come-first-served basis. All students that qualify for this award may receive an offer. If students do not secure employment while FWS funds are available, their Federal Work-Study award may be canceled.

  • You must meet CSUF Student Assistant hiring qualificationsOpens in new window

  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.

  • Have a social security number.

  • Continue to meet financial aid requirements.

  • You must be enrolled in at least half-time unitsOpens in new window during any semester in which you are employed

  • For continued participation in the FWS program, you must meet the standards for Satisfactory Academic ProgressOpens in new window .

  • If you lose your financial aid eligibility for any reason, you also lose your eligibility for FWS and you must stop working immediately.

  • You can only be employed in one FWS position on/off campus at a time. Should you wish to obtain multiple employment on campus, it would need to be through a non-FWS student position. 
  • You can no longer earn FWS funds after you have completed your academic career at CSUF.

HOur Limits

  • You may work a maximum of 20 hours per week during the school year between Mid-August through Mid-May.

  • Hours are contingent on the amount of FWS awarded and employer needs.

  • You cannot work over your approved FWS award.

Employment Policies

Once an employer agrees to hire you, you must complete the FWS employment authorization process before you may begin working. You must provide I-9 Employment Verification DocumentationOpens in new window to Human Resources.  

Your employer will submit all necessary paperwork for you to begin working and the FWS Coordinator will accept your FWS award on your behalf once eligibility is confirmed.

Working periods of the academic year

Federal Work-study students are awarded beginning in July for the academic year. These students can be appointed from July to August (Summer), from August/September to December (Fall), and from January to May (Spring). All on-campus Federal Work Study will cease in May to support end-of-year reconciliation. The Federal Work-Study program will communicate the work end dates to employers as the end of Spring approaches.

Summer employment

Who Can Work Before School Begins (During July/August)?

You may begin to earn a portion (20%) of your academic year award during July/August, if

  • You have already received an award letter which includes a Federal Work-Study award,

  • You have made Satisfactory Academic ProgressOpens in new window during the preceding year, and

  • You will be enrolled in at least half-time units Opens in new window during the upcoming Fall semester.

  • You may only be eligible to work 20 hours a week if you are enrolled in summer courses.

Pay Periods

Pay periods are based on the "Attendance and Pay ScheduleOpens in new window " for the current year. At the end of the pay period, submit your time sheet to your FWS supervisor for payment. FWS student payments are made on or before the 15th of the following month. Your employer will approve and submit your timesheet to Payroll services. If your timesheet is submitted late, you will still be paid, but the payment may be delayed.

Pay checks

Pay day is on or before the 15th of each month. You will be paid only for the hours you have worked and reported on your time-sheet for the previous month.


You are entitled to one 15-minute break within four consecutive hours worked. When working a full eight-hour day, you may take two 15-minute breaks with pay and minimum of one 30-minute lunch break without pay. Paid breaks may not be taken at the beginning or end of the work period and are not cumulative.

Employee benefits

You are covered during your usual work hours by Worker's CompensationOpens in new window insurance against job-related illness or injury. Also, all employees are eligible to utilize the Employee Assistance ProgramOpens in new window . FWS students are not entitled to other employment benefits such as overtime pay, paid holidays, vacation or sick leave, unemployment insurance or permanent status.

Employment Expectations

You are entitled to be informed by your FWS supervisor of your expected work schedule and duties. You are expected to conduct yourself in a professional manner.


An Employer May Terminate Your FWS Employment if:

  • Your work schedule is not compatible with the employers' needs;

  • You display unprofessional conduct such as repeated absences or tardiness;

  • You do not maintain confidentiality of records; or

  • Your work is unsatisfactory.


Monitoring Your Earnings

  • You are responsible for monitoring your FWS wages and notifying your FWS supervisor when you are close to reaching your FWS allocation (maximum earnings). You may not earn more than your FWS award amount as indicated in TITAN Online. If your FWS award is revised, you must notify your FWS supervisor immediately.

  • You are responsible for reporting your time accurately and submitting your time sheet on time each month to your supervisor.

Not Eligible For FWS But Interested In Working On-Campus?

If you are not eligible for Federal Work Study, you might want to look into other on-campus employment opportunities: 


Need more assistance?

Contact the Office of Financial Aid
Phone: 657-278-3125
or submit an inquiry through our Financial Aid Questions ticketing system on our Contact Us page.Opens in new window