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.


2017-2018 Federal Work Study

If Federal Work Study (FWS) is not a part of your 2017-2018 financial aid package, but you would like to be considered for an award, starting July 3rd, 2017 send an email request to The Subject line of your email should read "Request to be Considered for FWS". Include your full name and CSUN student ID in the body of your email.

In order to be considered for an FWS position at CSUN, a student must:

  • Submit a FAFSA by the March 2nd priority filing deadline
  • Have a financial need as determined by the FAFSA
  • Be enrolled in classes at least half-time (6 units undergraduate; 4 units graduate).
  • Meet all other deadlines and requirements set by the Financial Aid Office*.
  • Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress standards to remain eligible for FWS.

*If you are selected for verification or have outstanding financial aid requirements listed under the Financial Aid section of your myNorthridge portal, you must submit your paperwork to the Financial Aid Office by the priority Financial Aid Document Deadline.

For more detailed information on the FWS program and how to look for on and off-campus FWS jobs, go to


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