Federal Work-Study (FWS) provides part-time employment opportunities to undergraduate and graduate students who demonstrate financial need. Students who are eligible for the FWS program have a portion of their wages paid by the federal government. Students are paid an hourly at a rate set by the student’s employer. Employment can be on-campus or off-campus. Off-campus employers are private non-profit organizations or public agencies who have established an agreement with CBU. Students are notified of their eligibility for Federal Work-Study as part of their financial aid package.

Most students are eligible for work-study, but you must already have a work-study award from the Student Financial Resources office (either Federal or Institutional) before you can apply for any of these positions. If you don’t have a work-study award already, you can contact the Financial Aid office or review your awards to see if you qualify.

  • Review your awards by logging into your BannerWeb account, select Financial Aid > My Award Information > Award Year. You will then see a series of tabs. You must first select the Terms and Conditions tab before the Accept Award Offer tab can instantly become activated. Once the Accept Award Offer tab becomes activated you may select it to review your awards.

Eligible students are responsible for applying for and securing their own work-study jobs, but job placement assistance and guidance is provided by CBU’s Career Services.

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All students must also complete a Work-Study Check List Approval Form before they can begin working.

Download Work Study Check List Approval Form (PDF)

F-1 Visa Students Please Note: Federal Work-Study Jobs are available only to US citizens, permanent residents, temporary legal residents, asylees, and refugees; therefore, you are not eligible to apply for any on-campus job listed as a federal work-study job.

To apply for a work-study or campus intern position:

  1. Log in to your CBU Handshake account
  2. Click on the “Jobs & Internships” tab at the top of the page, and select “Listings From CBU Career Services”
  3. Click “Advanced Search,” and then select any of the CBU work-study or intern options in the “position type” section (you can choose more than one by holding down the “Control” key); then click “search”
  4. All available positions will then display with the first few points of the job description. Click the title of each position to view the entire listing.
  5. Follow the directions with each position regarding how to apply (some may ask that you load a resume, others may have an application, or ask that you call or come by the office)

If you need any assistance crafting, editing, or improving your resume, be sure to contact Career Services.

Frequently Asked Questions About Work Study

Do I receive my work-study award as a lump sum?

Federal work-study awards are not disbursed to you in a lump sum. You will receive monthly paychecks based on the hours you have worked. You must earn the awarded money to receive it.


How many hours can I work per week?
  1. Federal Work study has a maximum of 20 hours per week that a student can work.
Can I have more than one job?

Yes, but you must notify and receive approval by the Financial Aid Work-Study Coordinator.

How much will I get paid?

You will be notified of your hourly rate of pay and work-schedule the hiring department. You cannot exceed your work-study funds.

When and how do I get paid?

Work study is paid monthly with timecards due in the Business Office on the last business day of each month. Checks are available for pickup no later than the fifth business day of the following month. Students must present picture ID when picking up a check.

Federal Work-Student earnings are paid directly to the student and are not applied to the student’s account in the Business Office.

Are my wages taxed?

All earnings are taxable. You may not make enough to file. If you do file you must include your work-study wages.

What kind of fringe benefits do I receive?

You are NOT eligible for fringe benefits such as insurance or paid lunch, holidays, sick leave, vacation, or time off for inclement weather.

What happens when my work-study award is depleted?

If you have earned the entire award before the end date of your assignment, the work-study job ends and you are removed from payroll. If you work on-campus, you may be hired as a part-time on-campus student worker. This is at the discretion of the employer.