Federal Work Study

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Federal Work Study

Student Employment

What is a Federal Work-Study job?

Campus employment while attending college is one way to offset your education costs. NJCU participates in the Federal Work-Study program to assist you in managing the costs of your higher education.

What is the Federal Work-Study Program?
The work-study program is a federally funded program administered by NJCU to promote access to on-campus employment to help offset educational expenses. Work study students may work part-time during the academic year and full-time during the summer sessions.

How do I apply for the Federal Work-Study Program?
Students who wish to be considered for the academic year or Summer Federal Work-Study Program must file their FAFSA no later than April 15 of each year and must indicate their interest in the program on the FAFSA application. Students will be considered for Federal Work-Study on a first-come first-served basis. Students apply for the Federal Work-Study program by completing the FAFSA each year.

Question 31 on the FAFSA asks, “Are you interested in being considered for work-study?” The student needs to check off yes. If a student does not receive a Federal Work-Study Award in their initial award package, they should email seo@njcu.edu with their resume (see resume template on this page) to be placed on the Federal Work Study Waiting List. As positions become available, students on the waitlist will be selected to participate in the program. Students who are awarded FWS are NOT guaranteed a job as they must interview and be hired by the assigned department.

How many hours per week of campus employment are available?
Students may work up to 15 hours per week during the academic year and must be enrolled at least half-time during that time. If there are funds available for the summer term, students may also work up to 30 hours during the summer sessions. Please note that these are the maximum hours permitted, not the number of hours the student must work as part of the work-study program.

FWS Student Handbook (pdf)

NJCU Direct Deposit Form (pdf)

i-9 Form (pdf)

Resume Template (docx)

2023-24 Aid Payroll Calendar (pdf)

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