WorkPrograms

What is work study?

  • Work study programs allow students to earn part of their educational expenses by working part-time under the Federal Work Study Program (FWS) or the Regular Student Work Program (RSWP). 
  • Work Study is funded from federal and institutional resources.

How much can be earned in a work study position?

  • The exact earning potential depends upon the award maximum and hours actually worked.
  • The hourly pay rate is typically the federal minimum wage.

How are students paid for work study?

  • Earnings for work study positions DO NOT go directly toward tuition/fees.
  • Student workers are paid twice per month based on the hours they work.

How do I apply/qualify for FWS?

  • Students must complete the FAFSA and be awarded FWS by ETSU in order to be eligible for an FWS position.
  • FWS awards are given on “first-come-first-serve” basis.
  • Due to funding restrictions, an FWS award does not guarantee a position.
  • Once awarded, students can then look for available FWS Student Work Positions and apply directly to the department that has listed the opening.
  • Students must be enrolled in at least 6 credit hours to qualify for any work study positions.

How do I apply/qualify for RSWP?

  • Students can  look for available RSWP Student Work Positions and apply directly to the department that has listed the opening.
  • Students must be enrolled in at least 6 credit hours to qualify for any work study positions.

When can I begin working my student work position?

  • Students cannot work any hours until the department in which they will be employed has received approval from the Office of Financial Aid.
  • A student worker can only work through one work program at a time, and can only work for one department at a time.