The Federal Work Study Program (FWSP) is a federally funded financial aid program available to US citizens and permanent residents. The mandate of the program is to assist students with the cost of their college education by providing a subsidy to employers for part time student employment. The program is dependent on the student applying for financial aid through the FAFSA and qualifying based on their financial need. Through FWSP, the Federal government pays anywhere from 50% to 100% of a student’s wages but the most common scenario is a 70% / 30% between the government and the employer.
FWSP comes with rules and regulations for student and employer eligibility. To comply with the law, the University has established guidelines and processes which must be followed by both students and employers.
Many students are confused by the term ‘work-study’ and think that they are eligible for this benefit simply based on the grounds that they are working while studying at college. In fact, FWSP refers specifically to the federally funded financial aid program designed to help students meet their education costs while also making it easier to find part-time on and off campus jobs.
If you are a Harvard administrator with questions about On-Campus Federal Work Study please visit the On-Campus FWSP section.