Federal Work Study

Federal Work Study Awards and Eligibility

Type Amount Who is Eligible How to Apply
Federal Work Study (FWS) Average for new first-year students $2,500,
Continuing students $3,000
Based on FAFSA results Search for student job with Career Exploration and Development
Graduate Assistantships Varies Based on FAFSA results Contact college department

Federal Work Study (FWS) is a type of self-help aid that must be earned. The FWS award will not be deducted from the student's bill. A student will receive a bi-weekly paycheck based on hours worked.

A student not awarded FWS may search for a university funded student job. To search and apply for a university funded or FWS student job, go to the Career Exploration and Development website.

A student MUST be enrolled at least half-time during fall and/or spring semesters to use FWS.  Undergraduates considered half-time are enrolled 6 or more credit hours.  Graduates considered half-time are enrolled 4 or more credit hours.

A student that has been awarded FWS may view this in the Financial Aid section of their FlashLine account.  After logging into FlashLine:

  1. Choose the Student tab on the left column
  2. Under Finances, click on Financial Aid
  3. Select "Financial Aid Awards"
  4. Choose the appropriate Award Year from the drop-down and click Submit
  5. Click on the Award Overview tab

If you do not see a FWS award listed on FlashLine, that means that you have not been awarded FWS.  If you would like to have your eligibility for FWS reviewed, please contact the One Stop for Student Services.

A student attending a Kent State University regional campus should contact the financial aid office at that campus regarding eligibility for a FWS award.

If a Kent Campus student with a FWS award does not find an on-campus student job within the first six weeks after Fall semester classes begin, the FWS award for that school year may be canceled.