Federal Work-Study

Find work that complements your study! Federal Work-Study is a need-based program that is awarded to eligible students based on the filing of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Work-study funds are limited, and are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Federal Work-Study (FWS) program provides jobs to students with financial need, allowing you to earn money to help pay for educational expenses. Positions are available both on- and off-campus. If you are eligible for Federal Work-Study, you can earn up to the amount listed on your award letter or until Western’s total college work-study allocation is exhausted. 

FWS employees are paid on a semi-monthly basis (around the 10th and 26th of each month), based on the number of hours worked. FWS money is earned and paid to the student, and is not deducted from the student’s balance on their Western account.


To qualify for this program, you must be registered for a minimum of six credits (not including developmental credits) each term, and you must be eligible for work-study.  If you do not have work-study awarded on your financial aid package, please contact the Office of Student Financial Aid at 608-785-9579 or at Workstudy@westerntc.edu to review your eligibility.

Fall and Spring:

Fall and spring term work-study employees can work up to 12 hours per week, but no more than 8 hours per day. The rate of pay is $9.00/hour. It is the supervisor and student responsibility to ensure student does not work over 12 hours. 


Summer work-study employees can begin work on the last week of April and may be eligible to work up to 25 hours per week, but no more than 8 hours per day. The rate of pay is $9.00/hour. If you start working July 1 or later, you must have the following year’s FAFSA filed and you must be enrolled for the Fall term carrying at least six regular credits. Students enrolled in credit classes for the summer, are not eligible to work under the summer work-study program. Summer rules may be subject to change.

Hiring Process

If you are awarded Federal Work-Study, an email will be sent to you indicating that you are eligible for work-study and what the next steps are if you are interested in the work-study program. If hired, you will need to speak with Bao Yang, Work-Study Coordinator, to complete the necessary paperwork along with a background check. Her office is located in the Welcome Center.

Further questions about Federal Work-Study may be addressed to the Work-Study Coordinator, Bao Yang, at 608-789-2081 or workstudy@westerntc.edu.

Contact Us

For more information, contact the Work-Study Coordinator: