The funds for 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 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 KSU, your pay rate will be at least $8.25 an hour. You must 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 award period. This is not a guarantee you will earn this amount, but rather it is a reasonable estimate of what you should be able to earn.
In early August, we will notify you regarding the FWS orientation and instructions for securing a job. At the beginning of each year, work study positions are posted on the college work study website- which provides job descriptions, positions available, and contact information in order for students to obtain their job assignment.
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 would fulfill this requirement.
Kentucky State University has identified several programs on campus including, Jumpstart (a literacy program), Educational Outreach, The Blazer Library, and the Disability Resource Center which meet the federal guidelines for community service programs.
The Student 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, review our website and contact us concerning the request process and the date, pending the availability of funds. Summer FWS awards are subject to 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.