Federal Work-Study (FWS) is a type of aid which provides part-time jobs for undergraduate and graduate students with financial need, allowing them to earn money to help pay education expenses.
To determine financial need, students must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Employment under FWS must be reasonably available. Work-study is not available and cannot be used during the summer.
Work-study is paid hourly based on hours worked and is not dispersed in a “lump sum.” Most students work 10 to 20 hours per week. Minimum wage in the state of Idaho is $7.25 per hour.
To apply for work-study: complete the FAFSA.
To qualify for work-study:
- Demonstrate financial need (determined by your FAFSA)
- Be enrolled at least half-time (6 credits).
Checking your work-study balances:
Students who have already applied for and received FWS can check their work-study balances on BengalWeb in the Finance tab after award-year employment begins. This will display remaining work-study balance, placement, and supervisor contact information.
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