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Work Study

Federal Work-Study (FWS) provides part-time jobs for undergraduate students with exceptional 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.

Through the program, students earn money to help pay for college expenses.

Under FWS, students work in various positions on campus. Some students work in administrative offices, such as Admission or Financial Aid, while other students are employed in locations such as the Freeman Center. Once in a position, the student and his or her supervisor work out a schedule, taking into consideration the student’s classes. A student may work no more than 20 hours per week, and he or she may not work more than their scheduled award. The average award is for approximately 5 to 10 hours a week.

Application Process:

  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Indicate on the FAFSA your interest in the Federal Work Study program.
  • Must apply early and meet the priority filing deadline.
  • If you qualify for FWS it will be included on your financial aid award notification. FWS is a need based program, not all students will be eligible even if they indicated their interest for it.

Special Notes:

  • Students will be paid minimum wage.
  • FWS funds are not used as a credit towards tuition. Students are paid twice a month by the Payroll Office. Wages earned through the program can be used towards living and/or school expenses.
  • Students who have not participated in FWS in prior years and who are interested in the program will be considered on a case-by-case basis. FWS funds are based on federal funding, and these funds are generally limited.
  • On-campus employment is also available from the Center for Career Planning for students who do not qualify for FWS. Contact their office for more information.

Students participating in the FWS Program should be familiar with the CNU Student Employment Policies.


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