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Federal Work-Study (FWS)

The Federal Work-Study (FWS) program is a needs-based, federally funded, part-time employment program that provides jobs to eligible undergraduate and graduate degree seeking students while in school. Federal Work-Study positions are located on campus and off campus, and many provide a much needed service to students and members within the local community. These earnings are paid jointly by federal funds and Illinois Tech. The amount of your federal work-study award is based on your financial need. Contact the Student Employment Office with any questions regarding eligibility.

International students are not eligible to participate in the Federal Work-Study Program. Domestic students cannot have more than one FWS job.

To be considered for Federal Work-Study (FWS), a student must:

  • complete a FAFSA application
  • have an estimated family contribution number of $9,000 or under
  • not be in default on a student loan
  • be degree-seeking
  • be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • demonstrate satisfactory academic progress
  • be enrolled in the minimum number of course hours:
    • undergraduate student: a minimum of 6 credit hours
    • graduate students: a minimum of 4.5 credit hours

To Participate in Federal Work-Study:

  • Your award must be accepted (under MyIIT Portal under Finances tab)
  • The student must seek employment through the Handshake database; students are responsible for finding employment
  • Work-Study dollars are paid directly to the student for hours worked; funds are not credited to your tuition account from this program
  • The hourly rate of pay will not be less than minimum wage
  • Students are paid bi-weekly following the regular Payroll schedule
  • Students can work a maximum of 20 hours per week during the semester, and up to 40 hours per week during break periods