Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What are the advantages of working in the Federal Work Study Program?
A: There are a couple advantages to employment through the Federal Work Study Program. One is convenience. Whether you live on campus or commute to school, working on campus allows you to schedule work between classes. Two, the money you earn from Federal Work Study can be excluded as income when you fill out your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the next academic year.
Q: Do I have to repay any amount of my Federal Work Study award, if I do not earn the full amount?
A: No. If you do not earn all your FWS award during the year, the remainder is simply not used. You don't repay the college or the federal government for unearned work study funds.
Q: If I owe the college money for tuition or room and board, will my wages be garnished?
A: No, Westminster College does not garnish wages. However, if you have an outstanding balance and have not previously made arrangements for payment, you will be expected to use these funds to help pay any outstanding balance.
Q: Can I study on the job?
A: Unfortunately, the name "work study" can be misleading. Supervisors should have work for you to do during work hours, and most prefer that you not study during work time. Your individual supervisors will best be able to advise you on their work expectations as related to the job.
Q: Can I work more than one Federal Work Study job at one time?
A: Yes, provided that between two or more jobs your total hours do not exceed 20 hours per week. You may find that one job will not provide you enough hours. So, in order for you to earn your total Federal Work Study award, you may need to find additional employment to make up the difference.
Q: If I was not awarded Federal Work Study, how do I become eligible?
A: Each student who applies for financial aid is automatically considered for Federal Work Study eligibility. Students who apply early and demonstrate enough financial need will be considered for Federal Work Study. If you would like to know specifically why you did not receive Federal Work Study, you may call or stop by the Financial Aid Office to have someone review your application for eligibility.