Financial Aid

Work Study

This information is for all students who will be attending at least half time during the current or upcoming academic year who do not go through the renewal awarding process.​

At a Glance

  • The Financial Aid Office assists hundreds of students to find Work-Study employment.
  • Work Study is like any other job; you work and receive a paycheck for your earnings from your employer.
  • A Work-Study job reduces your eligibility for other financial aid. CWU participates in the federal and state Work-Study programs

To Whom Does This Apply

  • Students

The Financial Aid Office assists hundreds of students to find Work-Study employment. CWU participates in the federal and state Work-Study programs. You must qualify for need-based financial aid to be eligible for Work-Study. The Work-Study program subsidizes the employer by a percentage of a student's hourly wage. Work Study is like any other job; you work and receive a paycheck for your earnings from your employer. Work-Study students are generally in high demand so eligible students can often pick the job of their choice. There are more students eligible for Work-Study than there are available funds. A percentage of the funding for Work-Study is part of your financial aid package. If you are eligible for work-study it usually replaces Subsidized Loans. This can help reduce loan debt.

If you are interested in Work-Study and you have "Need", please contact the Financial Aid Office.

Work-Study awards are made on a funds-available basis and are contingent on your available financial aid "need" and continued eligibility for financial aid per the Financial Aid Satisfactory Progress policy. You are not guaranteed an award. Awards are made only after you submit the completed WSPAF form that has been filled out by you and your off campus employer or the on campus employer has submitted the Upload Spreadsheet. You and your employer will be notified if we are unable to fulfill your request.

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