Syracuse University

Financial Aid Information

Federal Work-Study Frequently Asked Questions

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I received a Federal Work-Study Award (FWS). How does that work?
The FWS award allows you to obtain a Federal Work-Study job and earn up to the amount of your award. The FWS award is not credited to your student financial account. You are paid weekly for the hours that you work. The Office of Student Employment lists all of the available positions, both FWS and non-FWS, on their web site. Students are responsible for finding their own job on campus.

Will my Federal Work-Study award be credited to my student financial account?

No. The FWS award allows you to receive money for a job you work on- or off-campus. You receive a paycheck weekly for the hours that you work. The Office of Student Employment lists all of the available positions, both FWS and non-FWS, on their web site. Students are responsible for finding their own job on campus.


Can I still work on campus if I do not have a Federal Work-Study award?
Yes. Many offices will hire you on a non work-study basis. The Student Employment Office lists all of the available positions, both FWS and non-FWS, on their web site.

Do I have to use my Federal Work-Study award?

It is not mandatory for a student to obtain work-study employment. If you have savings from a summer job or expect financial help from your family, it may be possible for you to meet all educational expenses without utilizing your work-study award. However, work-study earnings are intended to help you pay for books, supplies, and personal expenses during the academic year. Work-study earnings also have the advantage of being excluded when applying for financial aid in subsequent years.


Will my Federal Work-Study award renew each year?
The renewal of a Federal Work-Study award is not guaranteed. There are many factors that determine renewal of a Federal Work-Study award that include, timely submission of financial aid application(s) before our deadlines, eligibility based on need, and available funding from the federal government