Kennesaw State University Office of Student Financial Aid.

Federal Work-Study

The Federal Work-Study (FWS) Program provides jobs for undergraduate and graduate students who demonstrate financial need. FWS gives the student a chance to earn money to help pay for educational or personal expenses while working on campus or in community service work.
A FWS student is paid through a combination of institutional and federal funds. The FWS award can only be used from July 1 through June 30 of the academic year awarded. Any amount of the award that is not used will be voided after June 30. Once the FWS award is earned, the FWS student is no longer eligible for employment unless chosen to be hired as a Student Assistant and paid through the hiring department's budget.

FWS students may work up to 15 hours per week. Pay rate is based on government wage: $7.25

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What is a Federal Work-Study job?


In order for a student to be eligible for FWS, he/she must have a completed financial aid file, have financial need, be enrolled at least half-time and have at least a 2.0 Adjusted GPA earned for KSU classes. Interested students should complete the following requirements to determine their eligibility for the FWS program.

  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) using income and asset information.
  • Eligibility is based on your unmet need as determined by your budget, family contribution calculated by the federal government, and any aid received.
  • Complete the online Federal Work-Study (FWS) Application after your financial aid file is complete. Paper applications are also available from the FWS Coordinator, located in the Student Center, Room 264.
  • Federal Work-Study applications are reviewed by the FWS Coordinator for eligibility. All students will be notified via e-mail when their eligibility review has been completed.

For more information on the FWS program at KSU, please go to

Hiring and Awarding Process

After eligibility is determined, your application will be made available for review by any departments on campus or community service organizations requiring FWS student employees. Hiring departments will have an opportunity to contact you for a job interview.

Work-Study will only be awarded once you are hired by a department or organization. If hired, you will need to complete all necessary Personnel Office paperwork before beginning work. Either the FWS Coordinator or the Personnel Office may process the FWS student. In addition, the student will be required to show his/her original social security card and driver's license.

America Reads

America Reads is an opportunity for Federal Work Study eligible college students to help elementary school children become better readers. If you like to read and enjoy helping your community, this is the program for you! You will tailor your tutoring schedule around your college classes for up to 15 hours per week. You will earn $8.50 per hour. Tutoring takes place at several elementary schools close to the KSU campus. You will not go to anyone's home. Training, materials and supervision are supplied.