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What is Federal Work-Study (FWS)?

The FWS Program is designed to help students who show financial need to earn a portion of their educational expenses through meaningful employment. The program is administered by the office of Financial Aid and Scholarships (FAS).

The number of requests usually exceeds FWS funds. It is important to remember that work-study is NOT a job in which you are paid to study. Work-study is not a cash award. You must work for your earnings.

Am I eligible for FWS?

You must complete the “Free Application for Federal Student Aid” (FAFSA) and meet all the deadlines for supporting documentation. You will be evaluated for financial need and if eligible, offered a package that may include FWS from the office of Financial Aid and Scholarships (FAS).

If you have questions regarding your eligibility for work-study, contact FAS. Career Services will assist eligible students in finding a position on campus, or in an approved community work-study setting.  Work study positions are posted on Jobs4Cats.  To search for jobs now, select Jobs4Cats in the drop down menu under "Students" at the top of this page.

How does work-study work?

Once you have been awarded Work-Study by Financial Aid and Scholarships (FAS), you must find a job on campus that would be affiliated with the Work-Study Program.  Job postings are listed on Jobs4Cats.  To search for jobs now, select the Students tab at the top of this page to login to your Jobs4Cats account.  Once in your account select the "work study" option under the Jobs tab.

Work-study jobs are not positions in which you are paid to study.

Once you have found a position and begin working, you will be paid twice per month based on the numbers of hours you worked. Work-study is the maximum potential you can earn. You may work until your award has been depleted/or the semester is over.

It is your responsibility to know how much of your award you have used and how much is remaining for the semester.  You can continue your work-study position in the following semester provided that you are still eligible for work-study funds.  Remember to reapply for work-study when you renew your FAFSA.

Are Federal Work-Study jobs on- or off-campus?

Both. If you work on-campus, you will work for Texas State. If you work off-campus, the work performed must be in the public interest. Your employer must be an approved community work study site.

Are there other jobs on campus besides work-study?

Yes. Regular-wage positions are also available. Begin your search for all types of positions by logging in to your Jobs4Cats account.

If I have a work-study award do I have to become employed in a work-study position?

No, you do not.  You may choose to be employed in a regular-wage position.  It is important to remember that there is no difference between a work-study job and a regular-wage job for how you receive a paycheck.  The only difference is the source of funding to pay you for your work.

If you choose not to use your work-study award, please discuss the implications of that choice with Financial Aid and Scholarships (FAS).  A decision to not use your work study award for one semester can impact whether or not you are awarded work-study in the next semester.  Be certain that you understand the awarding process from the FAS. Questions about the awarding process can be directed to workstudy@txstate.edu

What happens if I don't find a work-study job right away?

Typically, you are encouraged to continue your job search.  Jobs4Cats allows you to create a job search agent, so you can be notified every time a work-study job is posted to the system.

There is a deadline for each semester to find a work-study position.  Your work-study can be cancelled by the office of Financial Aid and Scholarships (FAS).  Do not make assumptions about your work-study award.  Communicate with FAS about changing circumstances that may impact your award.

Email questions about the awarding process to workstudy@txstate.edu

 

How will I be paid?

You will be paid by the hour, and your earnings are subject to taxes. Payments are disbursed twice a month; the first working day of the month and the 15th of the month. Be certain to complete your electronic payment information when you are hired.  Ask your hiring department for details.

How much can I make?

Your earnings will be at least the current federal minimum wage; however, you could be paid more depending upon the type of work you do and the skills required. Your total work-study award depends on your financial need, the amount of other aid you will receive and the availability of funds at Texas State.

You are strongly encouraged to monitor your earnings so that you do not exceed your award amount. Don’t forget that your award is subject to tax withholding. Remember, the amount you earn cannot exceed your total work-study award.

Can I work as many hours as I want?

No. You may work no more than 25 hours per week while classes are in session. International Students may only work a total of 20 hours per week.

Your work study position will end when your funds are depleted or the end of the semester is reached.

Can I work a work-study position in the summer?

Yes. Summer Federal/State Work Study is separate award from fall/spring. To apply for summer work-study funds, a student must, in addition to having a current year FAFSA on file with FAS, complete a Summer Financial Aid application, which requires a new Work-Study Eligibility Notification. Summer Session I balances can be transferred to Summer II.

When must I stop working?

The last day of the academic year is the last day Work-Study funds may be used for employment. Your last permissible workday will differ if you are enrolled for summer classes. Financial Aid establishes these time frames and they can be found on the FAS work-study page.

You must stop working when you have earned all of your work-study award. The only way you may continue working after your work-study award has been earned is if your employer has funds to cover you on the payroll as a regular wage employee. Check with your supervisor!

When can students begin and end earning work study awards?

Financial Aid establishes these time frames.  Click here to be redirected to the work study earning periods posted online.

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Email: StudentEmployment@txstate.edu