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Federal Work Study

Federal Work-Study (FWS) is a federal financial aid program that provides part-time jobs for undergraduate and graduate students.  Jobs are available both on and off campus.  Jobs that are off campus must be non-profit, federal or state employers and have a signed, Off-Campus Agreement with the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid (OSFA).

In order to qualify for FWS, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the respective year and show documented financial need. FWS is a need-based program and you must qualify for need-based financial aid to be eligible.

There are several benefits associated with the FWS Program:

  • It provides opportunities for employment that are related to your course of study.
  • FWS employers are flexible and willing to work around your class schedule.
  • It provides beneficial resume-building experience and training. 
  • It can provide opportunities to enhance your interpersonal communication and time management skills.
  • It can lead to career opportunities.
  • FWS earnings are removed from your income on the FAFSA, therefore, your FWS earning are not considered when figuring your "financial need" for future financial aid.
  • Statistics show, students are more likely to succeed in college if they work.

If you were offered FWS for the 2017-2018 academic year, in August, OSFA will send you an email with your FWS Authorization Form and information on how to find a job and utilize your award. Click on the FWS Checklist link below for a step-by-step process on what you must do.

If you were not offered FWS, you may contact OSFA at or 520-621-1858.

Information for local non-profit organization on how to create a FWS job.

FWS Instructions

Printable PDF file to assist students in obtaining a Federal Work Study job.

Finding FWS Jobs

Student Responsibilities

Expectations regarding your Federal Work Study job.


Important Federal Work Study dates.

Student Employment Manual

Federal Work Study employment rules and regulations.

Additional policies and procedures of campus employment:

Time Sheets   

FWS Balance Sheet

  • This is an Excel file which will help you keep track of your remaining FWS eligibility. You will need to save this .xls file to your computer.

FWS Frequently Asked Questions

  • Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid, P.O. Box 210066, Tucson, AZ 85721
  • Phone: 520.621.1858
  • Fax: 520.621.9473