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Federal Work Study Resources

The Federal Work Study Program is a federally funded financial aid program designed to assist qualifying students meet their educational expenses through on campus employment. Depending on work performed and the skills and experience necessary for the job, FWS students are paid at varying rates.

Wages are paid on a bi-weekly basis. Most positions are with departments within the University and Hospital, and a percentage of positions are community-service related. a FWS job is an excellent opportunity to develop a professional history as well as gain experience and technical knowledge. Many FWS students also use their supervisors and employers for job references and recommendations.

FWS awards to students are dependent upon the student's financial need, and the University's annual FWS allocation, which is determine by the U.S. Department of Education.

Employing departments pays only 25% of the students wages while the Federal Government pays 75% of the student’s wage.  


Confidentiality Statement
FWS Job Board
2018/19 Pay Schedule
Federal Work Study Handbook
Conversion of Minutes to Percentages of an Hour
Student Hours Tracking Worksheet
Direct Deposit Instructions


For Prospective Employers

To submit a Federal Work Study Job Description Employee Request form, please complete the necessary items located here: Job Description Employee Request

Please Note:  Federal regulations require all colleges designate a certain percentage of their total Work Study funding to community service jobs.  In order to meet this requirement, the OSFA (Office of Student Financial Aid) may have to prioritize matching students to these positions.

Who to Contact

The University Office of Student Financial Aid coordinates the FWS program. All questions regarding the FWS program may be directed to:

University Office of Student Financial Aid
1015 Walnut Street, Suite 115, Curtis Building
Philadelphia, PA  19107
(215) 955-2867