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Federal Work Study

Federal Work-Study (FWS) is a financial aid program that allows students to work on-campus or with approved off-campus community service employers to earn money to pay for college expenses.  FWS is not a grant (you must work to earn it), and it is not a loan (you do not have to repay it).  Eligible students are awarded FWS when they complete their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  Being awarded FWS with financial aid can help a student be eligible for part-time jobs, both on- and off-campus, that they may not have otherwise been eligible for.  The FWS program encourages employment in community service and in fields related to your major of study.  There are many FWS jobs available to choose from, but unlike BSE positions, FWS jobs are funded through Student Financial Services. Click here to learn more about eligibility for student employment, forms, pay schedule and expectations for all Belmont student workers.


Federal Work Study FAQs


  • What is Federal Work-Study?

  • What are the benefits of Federal Work-Study? 

  • Am I eligible for Federal Work-Study?
  • I am not sure if I have Federal Work-Study. How do I find out?

  • I don't have Federal Work-Study, can I still get it?

  • I have been awarded Federal Work-Study, now how do I get a job?

  • Do I need to complete a student employment application online if I am returning to the same position I have worked for in the previous year?
  • I have completed my FWS employment application online at , now what?
  • Can I receive my Federal Work-Study earnings in advance?

  • Can Belmont University apply my Federal Work-Study earnings toward any balance I have on my student account?
  • What can I use my paycheck for?

  • When and how am I paid?

  • What is the pay rate for Federal Work-Study positions?

  • How many hours can I work in my Federal Work-Study position?

  • What happens when my Federal Work-Study award is exhausted?

  • What if I do not earn my entire Federal Work-Study award?
  • What is expected of me in my Federal Work-Study job?

  • Can I use my Federal Work-Study off-campus?
  • Can I have more than one FWS job during the academic year?

  • Can I work during break periods?

  • What if I cannot find a Federal Work-Study job?

  • I don't have Federal Work-Study, can I still work on-campus?

  • Are Federal Work-Study earnings considered taxable income?

  • How do I report my Federal Work-Study earnings on my FAFSA? 

  • Who can I contact if I have Federal Work-Study questions?