What is Federal Work Study?

The Federal Work Study Program provides part-time jobs for students with financial need, allowing them to earn money to help pay education expenses. The program encourages community service work and work related to each student's course of study. Since Federal Work Study is a campus-based program, funding is limited and this type of assistance usually goes to the earliest applicants with the highest need. Funds may become available throughout the year as students do not work their full amount of eligibility.

How do I apply?


For additional information regarding the Federal Work Study Program, and to see if you are eligible, please complete the application here and submit it via e-mail to the Office of Financial Aid at

Are Federal Work Study jobs on campus or off campus?

Both. If you work on campus, you will work for Reynolds. If you work off campus, your employer will usually be a nonprofit organization or a public agency, and the work performed must be in the public interest.

How much will I make?

Your total Federal Work-Study award depends on when you apply, your level of need, and the funding level of your school. Reynolds currently pays $11.00 an hour for on-campus and off-campus jobs.

Can I work as many hours as I want?

No. The amount you earn cannot exceed your total Federal Work Study award. When assigning work hours, the employer and/or the work study coordinator will consider your class schedule and your academic progress.

How do I know if I am eligible?

In order to be eligible for Federal Work Study, students must meet the following requirements:
1. Submit a FAFSA and complete all verification requirements;
2. Demonstrate financial need;
3. Be in good academic standing and meet satisfactory academic progress requirements;
4. Be enrolled in at least 6 credits per semester in which you work as a FWS student at Reynolds;
5. Meet all federal financial aid eligibility requirements.