Federal Work-Study

Types

Federal work-study (FWS) is a need-based program that allows a student to work in an approved position and funding is limited. FWS eligibility is determined by the FAFSA and the AUWCL Financial Aid Office. FWS awards during the fall and spring semester are only processed after employment is secured by matriculated students. Only U.S. citizens and eligible non-citizens are eligible to apply for FWS.

Per federal regulations, FWS awards are included in the cost of attendance and reduce the amount that may be borrowed for living expenses in the semester/term. For eligible continuing students not enrolled during the summer term and working in qualifying employment, the FWS award affects the financial aid eligibility of the next semester. 

During the fall and spring semesters, full-time 1L JD students are permitted to work in a limited capacity (maximum 10 hours per week) with approval from the AUWCL Associate Dean of Student Affairs 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 limited to 27 hours of work per week.

FWS awards are earned during the semester/term and received via paycheck beginning approximately two weeks after the employment start date. The hourly rate is determined by the D.C. minimum wage.

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

FWS during the summer term provides a limited number of stipends to qualifying continuing students working for an eligible off-campus public interest employer. Continuing students are required to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online, as well as a separate AUWCL Summer FWS Application. Only U.S. citizens and eligible non-citizens are eligible to apply for FWS.

The Summer FWS Application is completed in the spring semester and announced when available. Award determinations are made by the AUWCL Financial Aid Office based on available funding and the number of qualifying applicants. Additional paperwork is required for off-campus employers and all deadlines must be met to maintain eligibility. 

Per federal regulations, FWS awards are included in the cost of attendance and reduce the amount that may be borrowed for living expenses. If enrolled during the summer term, the FWS award affects summer financial aid eligibility. If not enrolled during the summer term, the FWS award affects the financial aid eligibility of the next semester. 

FWS awards are earned during the term and received via paycheck beginning approximately two weeks after the employment start date. The hourly rate is determined by the D.C. minimum wage.

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is required of all federal work-study applicants. The FAFSA is filed online. Only U.S. citizens and eligible non-citizens are eligible to apply for FWS.

AUWCL offers many earn while you learn opportunities. Employment positions are posted to CareerLink, and logging in with AU credentials is required for access. 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. Only on-campus positions are eligible for FWS consideration.