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Federal Work-Study is a federally regulated financial aid program authorized by the Higher Education Act of 1965 and subsequent amendments and re-authorizations.
The Federal Work-Study Program provides students financial aid in the form of wages paid to the student for services rendered as a Federal Work-Study employee. As a Federal Work-Study employee, students are paid hourly. This is in accordance with Bluefield College payroll guidelines and as outlined in the FWS contract. Work cannot interfere with the pursuit of the student’s education.
The exact amount of the student’s Federal Work-Study award depends on the demonstrated financial need determined by the Financial Aid office and available funding from the Federal Government.
If the student’s financial aid award letter includes Federal Work-Study, the amount shown is the amount of money the student is eligible to earn during the academic year as a result of work performed and the hours necessary to perform such work.
Before a student can begin working in a FWS position, the appropriate paperwork must be completed to establish a student on the payroll. This paperwork is completed in the Financial Aid Office. It is required that the student employee make an appointment with the Financial Aid Office after they have interviewed with the department and secured a FWS position. At this time, they will complete the necessary FWS contract. Should the Financial Aid Office need to meet with the student during the year, the student will be notified by email.
Depending on the student’s FWS award, students may work up to 20 hours per week, but no more than eight (8) hours in a day during the Fall and Spring terms. Students may work up to 35 hours per week but no more than eight (8) hours a day during the Summer term. Students working six (6) or more consecutive hours MUST take a thirty minute, non-compensated break. This break must be documented on the time sheet. Availability of Federal Work-Study funds and written authorization by the Financial Aid Office will dictate work assignments during the summer. Students are not authorized to work during scheduled class periods. Students should notify their supervisor of their availability, so that work schedules can be arranged around class schedules. Student employees can only be paid for hours worked at their on-campus or off-campus site, which has been designated by the Financial Aid Office.