Federal Work Study (FWS)
This is your opportunity to earn money to assist with your educational costs and gain valuable work experience! DSU values its Federal Work Study (FWS) employees and the assistance they provide to our campus.
All of the information you need to apply for and secure a work study position is included in the guide. If you have a question about the work study job search process, please contact Kelly.Barnes@dsu.edu.
If you have a question about your FWS award or any other part of your financial aid award, please contact Melinda.Fedeler@dsu.edu.
We’re here to help make your FWS employment at DSU a rewarding experience!
Work Study FAQs
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What is Federal Work Study and how will I know if I am eligible for it?
- The Federal Work Study Program provides jobs for students with financial need, allowing them to earn money to help pay education expenses. The program encourages community service work related to your course of study.
- Federal work study is available to students who have demonstrated financial need based on current Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) results. If you are awarded work study, you will see it awarded on your financial aid award letter.
- To determine if you could be eligible for work study, please contact the DSU Financial Aid Office at 605-256-5152 or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
- You must be eligible for awarded federal work study in order to search for a work study job.
I am eligible for Federal Work Study, but I don't want to participate in the program. Who do I contact?
- If you have been awarded federal work study but do not want the award, please reject the award on your award letter. If you have already accepted the award, please contact the Financial Aid Office by calling 605-256-5152 or by e-mailing email@example.com.
What are the benefits to me having and utilizing my work study award?
- One of the best perks of being awarded work study is this is NOT A LOAN! You earn your award as you go and you get to use your paycheck as you see fit. This also helps students learn how to juggle their class schedule along with working which has proven to show that students perform better academically.
- You have the opportunity to work 5.5-8.5 hours per week, which is much easier to work around your class schedule than a typical part time job working 15-30 hours per week.
- Best of all, work study earnings are not counted as income on next year’s FAFSA! These dollars are entered in the need-based employment question on the FAFSA and subtracted from the student income.
I have work study on my award letter, now what do I do?
- Now that you have been awarded work study, you will want to start looking for a job. A work study information packet will be mailed after July 1 to students who have accepted their work study awards. You will start by filling out a skills inventory which you will be mailed in the packet or is available on this page.
- Once you have filled that out you will want to look through the jobs that are available online. These jobs will be updated as they are filled. You can search through and see what looks like the best fit for you. Once you have chosen the jobs that interest you, you can e-mail or call those supervisors to inquire about their opening. You can then send them your skills inventory so they can learn about your employment history and skills. More instructions are included in the Federal Work Study booklet.
I have found a job, talked with the supervisor and am ready to start...now what?
- You will want to sign the authorization paperwork that was mailed to you. There will be 4 copies printed; one for you, one for your supervisor, one for Career Services and one for Human Resources. Send the 4 copies to your supervisor to fill in and sign. Your supervisor can send the original, the yellow copy of the form, to the Career Services Office. Your supervisor will keep one copy and you will keep one copy for your personal records. You will then need to fill out your I-9, W-4 and additional paperwork from Human Resources before you can begin working. You can also complete the DSU New Employee Orientation.Once that is all complete, you can begin working the hours that you and your supervisor have worked out. We strongly recommend you line up a work study job BEFORE you come to campus so you are ready to work when you get here and don’t have the hassle of looking for a job while you are trying to adjust to college life.
How much will I earn and how do I get paid?
- Your Federal Work Study wage rate will be at least the current federal minimum wage but I may be higher depending on the type of work and the skills required.
- You will be paid an hourly wage for the number of hours you work. Payment is issued once per month (last working day of the month). You can choose to receive a check and deposit it yourself, or make use of DSU’s Direct Deposit and have your earnings deposited directly into your checking or savings account.
- Please contact Kelly in Career Services at 605-256-5122.