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Federal Work Study

Federal Work Study is a program that allows you to work part-time and earn money to put toward your education.

The purpose of Federal Work Study is to encourage and promote the part-time employment of students, as well as assist the university and its surrounding community. This program provides jobs for undergraduate students who are enrolled at least half-time with financial need as determined by the results from the FAFSA. 

Here are a few things you need to know about FWS at Lipscomb: 

  • FWS awards are given on "first-come-first-serve" basis. Due to funding restrictions, FWS may not be awarded to all eligible students. The awarding of work-study also does not guarantee a job, but it does give the recipient priority consideration for work on campus.
  • FWS money is paid directly to you, not credited to your account. Therefore, it cannot be used to become "officially registered" with the Business Office. Since it’s not considered a loan, income earned through FWS does not have to be repaid. 
  • If you participate, you’ll be paid biweekly for hours worked.
  • In order to receive Federal Work Study, you must file your FAFSA and indicate on the FAFSA that you wish to be considered for FWS; we also encourage all students who think they may qualify for FWS to file the FAFSA as soon as possible after January 1 since funds are quite limited. 

After being awarded work-study, the student "accepts" FWS by finding a job on campus. Jobs can be found at the job fair, which is held within the first two weeks of class each year.