Federal Work-Study

Federal Work-Study is a need-based form of Financial Aid that students earn through on or off-campus employment and receive in the form of a paycheck. The intent of the Federal Work-Study Program is to encourage part-time employment and reduce the amount of loan debt incurred while attending college. Money students earn under work-study does not count against the student’s aid eligibility when filling out next year’s FAFSA. Undergraduate, Credential and Graduate students with demonstrated high need are considered for a federal work-study award if all eligibility criteria are met and funds are available. The type of positions available through the federal work-study program include part-time paid internships, community service, research projects, or other endeavors closely related to a student’s academic degree program.


If you’ve been awarded federal work-study (FWS) as part of your financial aid package, congratulations! Find out what your need to do to secure a CSUN job.

If FWS is not a part of your financial aid package but you would like to be considered for an award, send a request to Include your full name and CSUN student ID in the body of your email.

For more detailed information on how the FWS program works and how to look for FWS jobs on and off campus, go to “Requirements” and read the FWS Student Handbook.


If you're a work-study supervisor, visit this page to find mandatory annual meeting dates, your workplace manual and other pertinent information.