Federal Work Study Program

The Federal Work-Study (FWS) program provides jobs for students who wish to earn a portion of their college expenses while gaining practical work experience.  Eligibility for the FWS program is determined by the FAFSA and remaining need after other need-based Financial Aid has been applied (scholarships and grants).

There is a half-time enrollment status minimum requirement (6 credit hours/semester) to participate in the Federal Work Study program and priority will be given to full-time enrolled students.

Applications are available in person only, through the Financial Aid Office on the Concordia Campus and Student Services Center on the Geary County Campus.

Work Study positions may be located on or off campus, and the pay rate is currently $8.00 per hour. Work hours are required to be arranged around class schedules and students can work up to 15 hours per week.

The amount earned from work cannot exceed the total amount of the student's FWS award. Currently the maximum amount that a student can earn in an academic year is $3,840.  The student and their supervisor are expected to create a work schedule that ensures the student will not work more than allowed.

Summer employment (June and July) may also be available:

If you are interested in participating in the Federal Work Study program during a summer semester, please contact the Financial Aid Office for more information.

Completed Financial Aid File and Student Placement in Position:

Before a student may start working, the Financial Aid Office must have a complete financial aid file (complete FAFSA and all requested documentation) and the student must complete the following:

  • Federal Work-Study Application (Concordia or Geary County);
  • W-4;
  • I-9 ~ social security card or birth certificate will be required to complete the I-9.
  • work-study contract on file
  • valid photo ID with height, weight, etc., (i.e. Driver’s license);

Money for hours worked in the Federal Work-Study program will be paid as a payroll check on the 5th of each month by the Human Resource Assistant. If the 5th falls on a weekend, checks will be available the following Monday.

Please visit the Student Aid website for additional information regarding the Federal Work Study program.