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Work Study

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).

The student is responsible for obtaining qualifying employment. Many job opportunities are listed on Handshake through the ISU Career Center and are usually available by mid-August.

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.

Additional Resources and Information

Loans, work study employment, or scholarships are other types of aid.


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