Federal Work Study is a federally funded program that enables students to earn money for college costs through part-time employment.  The program pays a portion of the student’s wages which allows the campus to provide more work opportunities on campus and select organizations to provide work opportunities off campus. 

The Federal Work-Study Program (FWS) is a Limited Funds, need-based financial aid program in which eligible students work part-time on-campus and with a few select positions that are available off campus; while enrolled at the University of West Georgia (UWG). Students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) every year to apply for federal financial aid, including FWS. The Financial Aid Office at UWG uses the information reported to them from the FAFSA to establish a student's eligibility for employment through FWS. 

Federal Work-Study (FWS) eligibility can be seen in the student’s BanWeb and is indicated as “offered”. Only students who have been “offered” FWS may apply for Federal Work-Study jobs. 

During the 2016-2017 Academic Year The Federal Work Study Program at the University of West Georgia employed approximately 225 students on campus and employed approximately 60 students in surrounding schools and non-profit organizations off campus.

Student Employment strives to provide students opportunities for on-campus and off-campus employment in part-time positions which match their interests and skills and which may help them to grow personally and professionally.

All Off Campus FWS Positions are part of the 

West Community Student Engagement Program (WCSE)

What Are The Benefits Of FWS?

  • Future Eligibility

    Federal Work Study wages are not counted towards next year’s expected family contribution on FAFSA. 

  • Convenience

    Most Federal Work Study jobs are near where a resident student lives. Jobs on the UWG campus are just a short walk or bus ride away - there’s no need for a car. Additionally, a positive and supportive campus environment is beneficial for academic and job-related work.

  • Flexible Schedule

    Federal Work Study job work hours are usually much more flexible with regard to a student’s classes.

  • Practical Work

    Students often choose jobs related to their major or interests. For example, a business major may seek employment in an office environment on campus. Not only will that student benefit from a paycheck, but that future business professional has gained employment experience suitable for their resume.

  • Meaningful Work

    Some students use their work hours to provide a service to the community. This can be done through affiliate programs under West Community Student Engagement Program. For example: UWG Students are paid while they assist in community centers, Boys and Girls Club, guiding children as tutors in reading and math, and more.

  • Student Success