Federal Work-Study (FWS) Program


Federal Work-Study (FWS) is a Federal Campus-Based Program that provides part-time, mostly on-campus jobs for students.  Student work schedules are usually flexible and planned around the student’s class schedule.  Click here for an in depth review of the Federal Work-Study Program .


Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) process.  Students are offered the opportunity to indicate their interest in work-study when completing the FAFSA. Graduate or Professional students who indicate their interest in work-study on their FAFSA, still have unmet need after any gift aid has been awarded, and meet the Limited Need-Based Funds Consideration criteria will have an award message added to their award directing them to contact OSFA if they are still interested in being awarded FWS.  The reason we do not automatically package FWS awards for graduate and professional students is because very few graduate and professional students actually choose to accept FWS when eligible, and we have found that by using this approach we are able to offer 99% of these students the maximum FDLs for which they are eligible at the outset of packaging.

Graduate and professional students informed of their FWS eligibility who do contact OSFA requesting we add it to their award will then be emailed information to their UGAMail account in a few days regarding how to access the FWS job list.  It is the student’s responsibility to apply for and be hired into an FWS position before the deadline reflected on the FWS job list.


The maximum FWS award amount is $1,500 per fall and/or spring semester.  The minimum award amount is $750 per fall and/or spring semester.  Employed students earn $7.90 per hour.


Students must:

Enrollment Status:

Students enrolled at least half-time generally retain their FWS eligibility for the semester.  Students enrolled less than half-time are not eligible for FWS.

Important Dates for Limited Need-Based Funds Consideration:

FWS awarding is subject to the Important Dates for Limited Need-Based Funds Consideration.