Federal Work-Study | Western Technical College

Federal Work-Study

Find work that complements your study! Federal Work-Study (FWS) 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 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 FWS, you can earn up to the amount listed on your award letter. 

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.

Students who accept their offer of FWS are not guaranteed a job or the entire amount of their award. Rather, they are given access to jobs.


To qualify for this program, you must be registered for classes at Western 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 Financial Aid Resources and Planning Services 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 $14.00/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. The rate of pay is $14.00/hour. Work-study employees enrolled in a minimum of 6 credits can work up to 12 hours per week. Work-study employees enrolled for 5 credits or not enrolled can work up to 25 hours per week, but no more than 8 hours per day. New work-study and continuing work-study employees must have work-study eligibility based on 2022-2023 FAFSA and must be enrolled at least half-time for the upcoming Fall term (not including Developmental courses). 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 Ka Xiong, 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, Ka Xiong, 608-785-9569 or workstudy@westerntc.edu.

Contact Us

For more information, contact the Work-Study Coordinator: