Federal Work-Study (FWS) is a program where you can work and earn money for your education. Earnings are given to students based upon the rate of pay and the hours worked on a bi-weekly basis. The FWS at SLU does not reduce the tuition, but rather provides a resource for a student's living expenses. Students must be enrolled at least half-time to be eligible. Funds are limited and are awarded to those with financial need as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Finding a Federal Work Study (FWS) job on campus is a competitive, yet lucrative, affair. SLU School of Law students may work on campus at SLU, or at Legal Services of Eastern Missouri or Land of Lincoln. To inquire about work study positions with Legal Services of Eastern Missouri or Land of Lincoln, students must contact the organization to apply.
For positions on campus with SLU, set up your FWS account through SLU's CareerLink website by following these easy steps
Make sure that you have been awarded and accepted your FWS by checking your financial aid award letter in your MySLU account. Register online as a student and set up your personal profile so you can search for open positions. From here, you can apply online for any open positions.
Useful hints to keep in mind
Maintain a record of positions and contact information each time you apply. Don't hesitate to politely follow up with your contact if you haven't heard anything within 2 weeks of application. Ensure that your personal contact information is up-to-date and you are checking your email/voicemail regularly.
Federal Work Study is a form of financial aid. The award does count toward your cost of attendance budget and may reduce the amount students may receive in other sources of financial aid.
Facts About FWS
Even though FWS is a Title IV federal aid program, these are real jobs. Students apply, are interviewed, hired and paid directly for hours worked. There are many available positions on campus, but it is important to be aware that an FWS award does not guarantee a position. Wages are paid directly to student workers biweekly and are never automatically applied to a student's SLU account. Students are paid for all hours worked, but not for break or lunch times.
You may hold an FWS and a regular student work position concurrently, but you may only have one FWS position at a time.
In the event that you have a position, but want to resign and work in a different position, you must notify your direct supervisor - giving two to four weeks notice is preferred - and the supervisor must email the FWS specialist, Kristie Signorello, before you can be processed for the new position.
Please refer any further questions to 314-977-3369.