What is Federal Work-Study?

Federal Work-Study (FWS) is a type of financial aid awarded by the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships at Ball State University. Students are awarded FWS based on financial need.

What are the advantages of qualifying for FWS?

  • Employers seek FWS students because the cost to their student employment budget is less than for a regular employee (although the employee's earnings are the same as those of other student employees).
  • FWS earnings are not included in income when applying for aid for the next academic year, making you more likely to be eligible for aid.
  • Some local nonprofit organizations and public agencies hire FWS students to work in paid community service positions.

How do I find out if I am eligible for FWS?

Visit the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships in Lucina Hall 245 or call 765-285-5600.

How do I get a campus job?

  • Visit the Career Center in Lucina Hall 220 to apply for jobs.
  • FWS eligible students can apply for any campus job.
  • FWS eligible students can apply for jobs posted that are specifically limited to FWS eligible students including positions on the Ball State campus and certain community service positions with local nonprofit organizations and public agencies.
  • If you were not awarded FWS, you may apply for any listed job except those designated for FWS applicants only.

How do I receive money through the FWS program?

  • You will be issued a biweekly paycheck based on the number of hours you work.
  • Checks are distributed to your home department (the department where you have your primary work assignment).
  • If you work for a community-service agency, you can pick your check up in the Office of Payroll and Employee Benefits (AD G-29).
  • You may have your wages direct deposited allowing you immediate use of your wages without having to carry your check to the bank.

What taxes will be withheld from my paycheck?

  • Federal and state income taxes will be withheld from your gross wages.
  • FICA (Social Security and Medicare) tax will not be withheld while you are attending classes.

FICA will be withheld for work exceeding 20 hours a week if it is performed during breaks and summer.