Federal Work Study

Federal Work-Study (FWS) is a financial award which allows the student with demonstrated financial need to earn a portion of his/her educational expenses by working in a position in various offices and departments on campus. Once hired, students are paid biweekly. Earnings are not directly applied to student accounts.

Students can also earn their FWS award by working in approved off-campus positions through the Federal Community Service and America Reads Programs. Through the Federal Work Study Program, and its component programs, Community Service and the America Reads Program, students engage in work for the University through public and private non-profit organizations.


To determine your eligibility for this program, you must first complete a  Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You must also attend one of the scheduled 45-minute Student Employment Workshops, or complete the online webinar. Your eligibility for FWS will be determined by the William Paterson Financial Aid Office. To be eligible, you must:

  • File the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) annually and demonstrate financial need.
  • Enroll in a degree or certificate program.
  • Enroll at least half-time (6 credits for undergraduate students and 5 credits for graduate students).
  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress.
  • Not be in default on a student loan or owe a grant repayment.
  • Have working papers initiated by High School (if under age 18).