Federal Work-study for Students

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Federal Work-study is a need-based financial aid program funded by the federal government and Western Michigan University. It is awarded to students based on need who are enrolled at least half-time during the period of their employment. Unlike grants and scholarships, Federal Work-study awards are earned and paid through the payroll process in the form of a bi-weekly paycheck. Federal Work-study awards and amounts are subject to eligibility requirements and fund availability. Early application is very important.

Frequently asked questions


Financial aid eligibility

Students earning Federal Work-study must meet and maintain general financial aid eligibility criteria, including satisfactory academic progress


Awards may be canceled if no paycheck has been issued within the first four weeks of the semester/session.


To remain eligible for Federal Work-study, students must be and remain enrolled at least half-time during the period of employment.