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 20 hours per week. Minimum pay rate is based on government wage: $7.25


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 (undergraduate students) and at least a 3.0 Adjusted GPA (graduate students) 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. 
  • 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.