Through the Federal Work-Study (FWS) program, the US government allocates a pool of funds to WPI and other schools to pay the wages earned by your employment in certain roles on- or off-campus. This program also requires community service work and encourages work related to your course of study.

The Office of Human Resources has more information on how to apply for federal and non-federal student jobs both during the academic year and over the summer.

 

Receiving FWS Aid

If you have been offered Federal Work-Study (FWS) funds, you will be informed within your financial aid eligibility letter. If you accept the FWS offer, you may work a maximum of 10 hours a week at an hourly wage of $11.

Students awarded FWS funding can choose to work:

  • On campus in an academic or administrative office during the academic year and work in a WPI SAO-approved community service position for 15 hours.
  • On or off campus in a WPI SAO-approved community service position during the academic year. With this option, students automatically fulfill their required 15 hours of community service.

FWS & Community Service

Students who accept FWS funds are also expected to complete 15 hours of community service during the academic year at an hourly wage of $10. The WPI Student Activities Office (SAO) has information on community service opportunities. 

FWS Eligibility

If you decline an offer of work, it will not affect the other components of your award package. Due to limited funding, however, if you decline FWS funding or employment, this fund will not be renewed in future academic years.

If you earn less than $500 in FWS funds for the academic year in which the fund is awarded or fail to complete the required 15 hours in community service, your FWS funding will not be renewed in future years.

Eligibility for FWS funds in future years may be affected by a change in financial need or failure to meet application deadlines.

FWS employment will not be awarded or re-awarded to students whose:

  • Academic performance levels are not met
  • Enrollment falls below full-time
  • Registration status is part-time or "special student"

What if I’m Not Awarded Federal Work-Study Funds?

Since FWS funding is awarded based on your financial need, not all students will be eligible to receive this particular fund. There are, however, non-FWS positions available on campus, as well as many part-time positions available in local stores, restaurants, and other nearby businesses. The Office of Human Resources has more information on how to apply for federal and non-federal student jobs both during the academic year and over the summer.