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Federal Work-Study

Federal Work-Study (FWS) is a federally-funded student employment program, which encourages the part–time employment of undergraduate students who need the income to help pay for their cost of education. The program encourages community service work and work related to the recipient’s course of study. Students may work on–campus or off–campus with federal, state, or local public agencies or private non-profit organizations (off-campus jobs must be in the public interest and academically relevant to the maximum extent possible).

What are the benefits?

  • Students earn money for educational expenses as part of their financial aid award.
  • Students gain valuable experience and skills in their area of study to the extent possible.
  • Your employer knows you are a college student first. Employers are encouraged to be as flexible as possible and work around your class schedule.
  • Because FWS is a need-based financial aid program, FWS income (although taxable) does not affect your future financial aid eligibility.

Federal Work-Study Position Availability

The number of FWS positions available depends upon the annual allotment of FWS funds. Many FWS students continue in to work in the same position if they return the following semester. Although positions are limited, students should not be discouraged and should frequently check for openings on our website.

  • To be eligible for a FWS award, a student must meet the standard eligibility criteria and must have financial need, that is, her cost of attendance (COA) must be greater than her expected family contribution (EFC).
  • FWS when combined with all other resources may not exceed the student’s need. Therefore the amount of your award may be affected by other forms of aid (the total grants and/or loans) and outside resources such as scholarships.

Requirements

  1. Apply for Financial Aid (Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and provide additional documentation to NECC).
  2. Complete a Federal Work‐Study Student’s Orientation
  3. Enroll and maintain a minimum of six (6) credits for the semester.
  4. Meet Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements.
  5. If hired, students are required to complete additional forms and provide two (2) forms of identification before they can be authorized to work under the FWS Program.

How many hours can students work, and what is the rate of pay?

Students are eligible to work an average of 10-15 hours per week during each academic semester. Summer FWS is strictly dependant upon availability of funds. The rate of pay is $10.00 per hour.

FWS Application Process

  • Eligible students can view their FWS award on self-service.
  • Students can apply for FWS positions by viewing open positions on our website and submitting a Student Employment Application directly to the department or agency.
  • If hired, a student must complete all required forms and provide all required documentation before he/she can start working.

If you have additional questions, please contact the Financial Aid Office, 978-556-3650 or by email at aid@necc.mass.edu.