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Federal Work-Study

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  1. What is the Federal Work-Study Program?
  2. How do I find out if I am qualified for Federal Work-Study?
  3. What is Off-Campus Federal Work-Study?
  4. How do I apply for Off-Campus Federal Work-Study?
  5. If I qualify for Federal Work-Study am I guaranteed a job?
  6. How many hours a week can I work?
  7. How much can I earn?
  8. Can I work as a Student Employee if I do not qualify for Federal Work-Study?
  9. Who can I talk to if I have additional questions about Federal Work-Study?
  1. What is the Federal Work-Study Program?
    The FWS program provides jobs for college students with financial need, allowing them to earn money to help pay educational expenses. Students can be employed in a variety of positions including work related to their area of study on-campus, off-campus, or with a community service program/organization (America Reads – reading tutor, America Counts – math tutor, etc.).
  2. How do I find out if I am qualified for Federal Work-Study?
    To be eligible for the FWS program you must meet the Financial Aid qualifications. Your first step is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). If financial need is demonstrated as determined by the Office of Financial Aid, FWS may be awarded as part of your financial aid “package” or can be manually awarded once you are hired for a FWS job. Increasing or decreasing FWS eligibility may affect other financial aid. If you are interested in this program and have completed your FASFA, contact studentemployment@owens.edu or call 567-661-7715 to inquire about eligibility.
  3. What is Off-Campus Federal Work-Study?
    Off-campus sites will usually be with private non-profit organizations or public agencies, and the work performed must be in the public interest. Federal Work-Study jobs should be relevant to your course of study to the maximum extent possible.
  4. How do I apply for On-Campus or Off-Campus Federal Work-Study?
    Students who are interested in Off-Campus FWS need to complete a Student Employee Application at https://jobs.owens.edu. For most off-campus positions you will be required to attach a resume. For details, click here.
  5. If I qualify for Federal Work-Study am I guaranteed a job?
    No. Students who are only interested in working on-campus will be contacted by the supervisor(s) who are interested in interviewing them. Your application will be released to the supervisor once it is verified that you meet the qualifications for Student Employment. Students interested in off-campus FWS jobs must apply for each position they are interested in. Once eligibility is confirmed and a background check is complete, your resume will be forwarded to the employer(s). The employer(s) will then decide whether to contact you for an interview and ultimately if they would like to hire you.
  6. How many hours a week can I work?
    The number of hours worked is determined by need, up to a maximum of 24 hours per week. Students in their first semester at Owens or who have a GPA of less than 2.0 can work a maximum of 20 hours per week.
  7. How much can I earn?
    The total Work-Study award depends on the level of need and the funds available. Earnings will be based on the FWS award amount. Currently, student employees are paid the Ohio minimum wage.
  8. Can I work as a Student Employee if I do not qualify for Federal Work-Study?
    Yes, most on campus student employee positions do not require you to be FWS eligible. However you would not be eligible for any off-campus FWS positions.
  9. Who can I talk to if I have additional questions about Federal Work-Study?
    You can contact studentemployment@owens.edu or (567) 661-7715 with other questions or to find out if you are FWS eligible. Be sure to provide your full name and an email address or phone number.
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