Federal Work Study Program Information

Funds received from the Federal Work-Study Program (FWS) are earned by working a part-time job. Receiving this award depends on when you apply for aid, your level of financial need, and the availability of funding. If you have been awarded Federal Work-Study, you will be given the opportunity to seek employment on the university’s campus.  Hopefully you will be able to secure a job related to your vocational goals, previous work experience, or special skills.  At KYSU, your pay rate will be based on your grade classification. Recipients must meet the Satisfactory Academic Progress guidelines, be enrolled at least half-time and be a degree-seeking student to be eligible for Federal Work-Study.

Your work-study award amount listed on your award notification is the maximum you may earn during the academic year.  This is not a guarantee that you will earn this amount. It is a reasonable estimate of what you should be able to earn.

Students with Federal Work Study awards can review Work StudyJob positions via the Human Resoources link at www.kysu.edu  home page. From there, select Work Study Career Center to apply.  Job descriptions, positions available, and contact information in order for students to obtain their job assignment is provided here.

If for some reason you are denied employment by three or more departments and/or have difficulties finding a job, please contact the Financial Aid office.

Federal Work-Study Community Service

The Department of Education requires that a minimum of 7% of the funds provided for Federal Work-Study be used for Community Service programs. Based on current funding, approximately 23 placements fulfill this requirement.

Kentucky State University has identified several programs on campus including, Jumpstart (a literacy program), Educational Outreach, Exum Center, The Blazer Library, University Police and the Disability Resource Center which meet the federal guidelines for community service programs.

The Financial Aid Office reviews the funding available for this program during each fall and spring semester. Sometimes additional funds become available due to cancellations by students who were initially awarded. If you were not initially awarded Federal Work-Study, contact us concerning your eligibility and the availability of funds. Summer FWS awards are subject to the availability of funding.

In order to complete the FWS employment process, please make sure you are awarded Federal Work-Study for the  academic year and/or summer term.  Students are not allowed to begin their work-study hours without a completed FWS Employment Packet and a finalized FWS Authorization-To-Work Form.