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 federal work-study is not a part of your financial aid award, you believe you are eligible and interested in working under federal work-study funds, send an email to, in the email please give your full name and CSUN student ID, call or come into our office to find out.  The Federal Work-Study Office is located in Bayramian Hall room 130. If you are eligible you will be given proof of your FWS eligibility to take with you to job interviews. The FWS Office will begin giving student the FWS Award Request Form beginning the week of July 6th.

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.

Need help looking for a FWS job?  We are here to help.
June FWS job search walk-in hours: Mondays and Wednesdays 10:00 am to 1:00 pm


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