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Federal Work Study (FWS)

Federal Work Study

What is the Federal Work-Study program?

Federal Work-Study provides part-time jobs for undergraduates with financial need, allowing them to earn money to help pay education expenses:

  • It provides part-time employment while you are enrolled in school
  • It is available to undergraduates
  • It is available to full- or part-time students
  • It is administered by schools participating in the Federal Work-Study Program

Federal Work-Study at Gateway Community College

This program provides jobs for Gateway Community College students who receive financial aid. Its purpose is to provide funds for students via part-time employment while they are pursuing their studies. This part-time employment may be either on the college campus or in a public and/or private nonprofit organization.

How much can I earn as a work-study at Gateway Community College?

You will earn at least the current federal minimum wage. As a Gateway Community College student, you may be eligible for FWS at $14 per hour. To be considered eligible, you must have a completed Financial Aid application on file in the Financial Aid Office. 

Your total work-study award depends on:

  • When you apply
  • Your financial need
  • Gateway Community College’s funding level

How will I be paid?

Gateway Community College’s work-study students are paid bi-weekly.

Can I work as many hours as I want?

No. The amount you earn cannot exceed your total Federal Work-Study award. When assigning work hours, your employer and the Financial Aid Office will consider your class schedule and your academic progress:

  • Students may work a maximum of 15 hours a week while attending classes
  • If funds are available, eligible students may work a maximum of 25 hours during vacation periods

Students interested in this program should contact the Financial Aid Office.