Federal work study (FWS) is a type of need-based financial aid that allows qualified students the opportunity to work and earn money to pay for educational expenses of an Adelphi degree.

While it is not a grant (because you must work to earn it), it is not a loan (because you don’t have to repay it). Work-study positions provide opportunities to develop valuable skills and experience. These skills can contribute to future progress and career success after graduating from Adelphi University.

In order to qualify for Federal Work Study, students must demonstrate financial need. New and continuing students seeking FWS positions are required to complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Assistance) as soon after October 1 for each academic year. Because work-study funding is limited, students should be mindful of priority deadlines. Funds may become unavailable after these deadlines.

Pay Rate and Earnings

  • Federal work study pay rate is tied directly to the job obtained and depends on the experience and skills required for the position. It is not contingent upon year in college or the amount of work-study you have in your financial aid offer.
  • The amount of work-study listed on your financial assistance plan offer is the maximum amount you can earn for the academic year.
  • Students employed in a work-study position will receive an hourly rate and are paid every two weeks for hours worked in the form of a paycheck. Work-study earnings are not applied directly to the tuition bill.

Types of Positions Available

There are a wide variety of work-study positions available, each with the potential to help you develop useful skills for your career. All available positions are posted through Adelphi University’s Center for Career and Professional Development can be found here.

All students are required to search and apply for the positions of interest; students will not be automatically placed in FWS positions.

How to Access a Listing of Positions

If you’re looking for a job or internship, visit Handshake, our online service that employers use to recruit Adelphi students and alumni for all types of employment—including full time, part time and internships, on- and off-campus. View the step-by-step instructions.

The information contained on this site is subject to change without notice.

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