Federal Work-Study (FWS) is a program funded by both the Federal Government and the University which provides students an opportunity to earn financial assistance that is not paid back. FWS is awarded to students on the primary basis of financial need as demonstrated in the student’s FAFSA. Students earn these funds by finding employment in an on-campus part-time job with one of the University’s various departments or off-campus with pre-approved community service partners.

How do I apply for a Federal Work-Study? 

In order to be eligible for FWS, interested students must:

If eligible, a student may be awarded up to $2750 that can be earned by working an on-campus job with one of the University departments or an off-campus job with select community service partners.

How do I find a Work-Study job?

Students who are looking for FWS jobs are encouraged to attend the Work-Study Job Fair that is held on the first Wednesday of the Fall Semester. Students can meet with many of the on-campus and off-campus supervisors who are looking to hire students. Students can also check for open positions on the bulletin board outside of the Office of Financial Aid or in the Work-Study menu on the Dominican Financial Aid Portal.

For each position to which a students wants to apply, contact the hiring supervisor for an application. Availability of positions is limited. Supervisors will each have their own application and hiring process. Open positions are first posted at the beginning of the Fall semester. Additional positions may be posted if jobs become available throughout the year, so check periodically for any new postings!

Is a FWS award required in order to work?

A FWS award is required in order to work for all off-campus employers; however, there are some on-campus departments that are able to employ students who were not awarded with FWS. Students should inquire with each supervisor to see if their department has this availability.

How do students get paid?

Students are paid twice monthly. Students may opt to be paid by check or through direct deposit. The amount of Work-Study funds a student can earn depends upon the number of hours worked each week and the hourly rate of pay.

What else do I need to know about FWS? 

Rate of Pay: If hired, students will earn at least California minimum wage, which is currently $11.00 per hour and increases to $12.00 on January 1, 2019.

Amount Earned: Students are not guaranteed to earn their awarded amount. The amount earned depends on the student's rate of pay and number of hours worked.

Tips for Applying for Work-Study Jobs

Landing a Work-Study job can be difficult as there are more students looking for a job than there are jobs, so here are a few tips that should help you along the way:

  • Start applying early in the Fall semester! Positions get taken up quickly. Come to our Work-Study Job Fair on the first Wednesday of the Fall semester and start meeting with hiring departments!
  • Have a 1 page resume that highlights your work, academic, athletic, or volunteer achievements.
  • Have a schedule of when you are free to work and include it with your resume.
  • Prepare for an interview! Interviews will most likely be short, but be prepared to answer a few questions about your experience. When given the opportunity to ask a question, use the opportunity to ask about the job! Show that you are curious and want to learn more!
  • Send a thank you note afterwards. Emails work perfectly for this!

Do I have to participate in Work-Study?

Students are not required to participate in Work-Study if they have an FWS award. It is optional!

Student Employment Handbook (PDF)