Federal Work Study


Federal-work study (FWS) is a federally-sponsored program that allows a student to work in an approved position for the school. Funding for FWS is limited. FWS eligibility is determined by the FAFSA and those applicants with demonstrated financial need must meet all program requirements. FWS awards are included in the financial aid package and reduce the amount that can be borrowed for living expenses. FWS awards are only processed after employment is secured by matriculated students.

Full-time 1L JD students are permitted to work in a limited capacity (maximum 10 hours per week during the 1L academic semesters) with approval from the dean of students or a doctrinal professor. Full-time 2L and 3L JD students are limited to 20 hours of work per week. Part-time JD and LL.M. students are not limited in their hours; however, they must meet all other eligibility requirements of the program.

For more information on the AUWCL student employment policy, please click here.  

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is required of all federal work-study applicants. The FAFSA is filed online at https://fafsa.ed.gov/. Select American University title IV code 001434. Please note this is the same title IV school code for main campus and the Washington College of Law. The FAFSA becomes available October 1 on an annual basis.

AUWCL offers many earn while you learn opportunities. Employment positions are most commonly offered through the WCL Daily email, the MyWCL portal, or by speaking with a professor or program. Some positions are specifically earmarked for FWS while others may be FWS eligible. The AUWCL Financial Aid Office works with other campus partners to determine if a specific position may be considered for FWS.