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Federal Work Study/Student Employment

What is Federal Work-Study (FWS)?

Federal Work-Study (FWS) is a self-help form of financial aid awarded to resident students with financial need who file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) prior to March 1.

An award, if you qualify, will be listed on your financial aid award letter and may vary in amount from $700 to $2,000 per year.

You must work part-time at an on-campus FWS position in order to earn your award amount. You are only paid for actual hours worked.


How do I find a Federal Work-Study (FWS) job?

Students with Federal Work-Study (FWS) in their financial aid package will be e-mailed information to their Malone e-mail address in June.  This information will include a letter giving job search information, a detailed list of FWS jobs available on-campus, a Student Work Employment Application, a FWS Award Chart, a Student Direct Deposit Enrollment Form and Government Tax Forms.

After reviewing the information packet, simply select two or more departments where you wish to apply for a job. Please stop by or call the departments as soon as possible and apply for a position. Remember to take your class schedule, a copy of your Malone University Student Work Employment Application, and a sport schedule, if applicable, to the interview.

Don't delay. The Departments with job openings will not contact you - you must take the initiative to secure a job. Begin the process by going to your selected departments to apply for a job immediately after arriving on campus. Remember, other students may be applying for the same job that you are.

 If you have any questions, please contact the Student Work Coordinator's office at 330-471-8110.

Once I find a job, how am I paid?

Once you have been hired by a Department, you will be asked to sign a Student Employment Contract.  You will be trained by your supervisor on how to log your work hours in an online timesheet.

Students are paid by direct deposit semi-monthly beginning in September. Students are paid for the exact hours worked for that pay period. FWS earnings are subject to federal taxes.

The starting wage for a FWS job is the current minimum wage.

You may choose to apply all or some of your pay to your student billing account. Applying your pay to your student billing account will help reduce any expected monthly payments.


Are there non-FWS jobs available?

If you do not qualify for Federal Work-Study (FWS), or you applied too late (after March 1) to receive it in your financial aid award letter, you may seek employment from the following sources:

  • Our dining hall (operated by AVI Foodsystem Inc., and therefore considered an "off-campus" employer)
  • The Career Development Office in the Center for Student Success refers students to both short-term and long-term part-time jobs in the nearby community.  All employment/internship positions can be found at www.collegecentral.com/malone.  
  • Leadership positions on campus, such as Resident Assistants, Student Senate Directors and Outreach Groups are based on personal interviews regarding ability and are not based on financial need.
  • Interested in babysitting? Try using the reputable site www.care.com to look for babysitting  employment.