Federal Work Study (FWS)

On Campus

The Federal Work Study (FWS) program is a federally funded program that assists both undergraduate and graduate students who have financial need with the costs of postsecondary education.  FWS helps students earn financial funding through a part-time work program. 

To qualify, you must:

  • complete the FAFSA
  • be a US citizen or a US National or a Permanent Resident who has an Alien Registration card
  • enroll as a full time student:
  • undergraduates = 12 hours
  • graduates = 9 hours
  • work a maximum of 20 hours per week while school is in session
  • meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) towards a degree, as defined by the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid

Off Campus

There are a variety of non-profit organizations and community agencies eager to hire students.  Through a partnership with NAU the following are able to hire NAU students who have been offered FWS funding:

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters
  • Flagstaff YMCA
  • Literacy Volunteers of Coconino County
  • Museum of Northern Arizona
  • US Forest Service
  • Coconino County Courts System

The College of Education’s America Reads Program is another great FWS program for student employees.

If you are offered FWS:

  • Notify your supervisor or potential supervisor of your FWS eligibility so they may complete the FWS student employee hiring process.

Use the Federal Work Study Calculator to estimate your possible earnings.