Federal Work-Study Program

The 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.

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Who is Eligible?

Students who have unmet financial need based on their FAFSA will be considered for Federal Work Study.

Students may also request to have loans converted to Federal work-study, but must have financial need as determined by the FAFSA to be eligible. 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. 

How to Find Jobs

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 available 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.

Summer Federal Work-Study 

Students who are planning on working under the Federal Work Study program beyond May 21st must first receive a summer federal work-study (FWS) clearance. This will allow students to work the months of June, July, and August.

To apply for a summer clearance, students must complete and submit the Summer Federal Work-Study Allocation Application. To be considered, students will need to first complete the Financial Aid application process, (submit FAFSA and all requested financial aid verification forms) as well as be determined to have financial need for the academic year.

Frequently Asked Questions

Federal Work-Study information for Employers