Federal Work-Study Program (FWS) allows SJSU students to gain valuable work experience while earning money to help pay for college. A focus is placed on providing community service jobs both on and off campus.
One of the advantages of the FWS is that earnings are excluded when re-applying for financial aid. Thus, FWS earnings do not affect future financial aid eligibility. However, FWS earnings are taxable. The minimum work study award is $5,000.
Who is Eligible?
Students who indicate interest in Federal Work Study on their FAFSA are eligible for FWS. However, students who have financial aid awards with unmet need can request FWS by contacting a financial aid representative. Students may also request to have loans converted to work study. Submit the Student Information Update form to the Financial Aid and Scholarship Office to request loan conversion.
Eligibility does not guarantee employment. Actual employment is contingent upon availability of jobs, skill level, work hours, etc. Students who need internet access on campus can visit the Career Center in the Administration Building, room 255.
Jobs are available with on-campus employers such as Spartan Shops, University Housing Services, Student Union, Event Center, and various academic and administrative offices. Work Study jobs are also off-campus with school districts, social service agencies, city and county government, etc.
- Visit the Career Center for job listings. It is important to know that if you do not work an authorized work-study job, you will not receive any portion of your FWS award.
- Locate advertised FWS jobs (via the internet or hard-copy job listings)
- Call the specified employers and schedule a job interview
- Print your Financial Aid Award Notice from MySJSU and bring it with you to each job interview. Print your award notice by accessing: MySJSU>Self Service>Student Center> under Finances, select "View Financial Aid" and click on the appropriate aid year.