Federal Work Study

The Federal Work-Study (FWS) program is a part-time employment opportunity that is contingent upon federal funding. Eligibility for the FWS program is determined based on information provided on the FAFSA. All students who apply for financial aid and meet need-based eligibility requirementswill be considered for this program. Eligible students will see a FWS offer with a maximum amount that can be earned during the academic year included in their financial aid package. Once a student accepts a FWS offer, they will also be required to apply and interview for a qualifying position.  

Federal Work-Study positions may be located on or off campus and may even include community service opportunities. Federal Work-Study positions open on Emory's EagleOps platform in early August for fall and remain open for spring through late February. Students can also expore Federal Work-Study positions at the annual job fair held on campus each August. 

Once a student employee is selected for a specific FWS position and has completed all necessary financial aid and hiring paperwork, they can begin work. Most students in FWS positions typically work 10-20 hours per week.

Are you interested in receiving a Federal Work Study position as part of your Financial Aid Package?

Here is what you will need to do to be considered for and receive a FWS position:

  1. Complete the FAFSA
  2. Accept a FWS offer
  3. Search for, apply to, and interview for jobs
  4. Complete all necessary Financial Aid and hiring documents

Review frequently asked questions about FWS below.

FWS Frequently Asked Questions

Hourly wages for student positions range from $9 to $15 for undergraduate students and $12 to $17 for graduate students, depending on the complexity of and skills required for the job.

Students typically work between 10 and 20 hours per week. In fact, FWS students are only allowed to work a maximum of 20 hours per week during periods of enrollment and 40 hours during non-enrolled periods, such as winter or spring breaks.

Student employees are paid on a bi-weekly basis.

No. Your earnings will be deposited into your personal bank account via direct deposit and will not be posted to your student account.

Generally, no. There is one exception, however. Students employed in the Emory Reads tutoring program (a division of the American Reads program) can hold a second FWS position. Learn about Emory Reads on the program's Facebook and Instagram pages.


Yes! You can change your FWS position at any time during the semester. We do recommend you provide your employer at least two weeks' notice before the change takes effect so that all necessary paperwork can be completed in a timely fashion. Before beginning your new position, you must be fully terminated from your previous position and notify your new employer of your previous FWS position.

Yes. FWS earnings are taxable income. Additionally, for periods in which you work more than 20 hours in a week, FICA (Social Security) taxes will be deducted from your payroll. Student employees will receive a W-2 form at the end of each calendar year from Emory Human Resources.

Your department will notify you when you reach your maximum earnings. If your department has the funding to continue your position and pay you from departmental funds, they will make every attempt to do so. If, however, their funding does not permit this option, they will terminate the assignment.