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Federal Work Study

Federal Work-Study is a federally funded aid program that provides University and community service work positions to qualifying Ohio University students. Students must meet the financial aid requirement to qualify for a position. To apply, students should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

How do I apply for Federal Work-Study?

  • Complete the FAFSA online at
  • Mark 'yes' to the question on the FAFSA that asks if you are interested in student employment
  • Eligibility is determined in late spring
  • Students must complete a new FAFSA by early February of each year for continued consideration
  • Students may NOT hold a federal work-study and a PACE position at the same time

What happens if I am awarded Federal Work-Study?

  • Students will have access to Online Services 
  • From this website, students can choose from a wide variety of positions including:

    Administrative Office Assistant

    A-V Equipment Operator/Projectionist

    Aquatic Center Lifeguard

    Bird Ice Arena Facility Assistant

    Assistant Producer Health Vision

    Campus Recycling

    Assistant to Media Supervisor

    Career Resource Center Work Study

    Assistant, Audio/Video

    Clerical Assistant

    Assistant Systems Analyst

    And many others…

    Audio-Visual Web Designer

  • After selecting a position, employer contact information is provided; no interviews for FWS positions are required.
  • Visit your employer to arrange your work schedule.

What should I do if I am not awarded Federal Work-Study?

If a federal work-study award does not appear on your award letter, then you are not eligible for the program at that time.  However, occasionally throughout the year additional funding becomes available.  If you would like to be considered for this program and you have filed your FAFSA form, please contact the Office of Student Financial Aid to be placed on a waiting list.  You may also explore similar job opportunities that do not have a financial need requirement on our Hourly Employment web page.

Important Dates

Early February - Complete the FAFSA; (allow 4 weeks to process)

March 15 - FAFSA results are reviewed for consideration

Early April -Incoming freshman awards are available

Mid May -Upper class awards are available


Quick Facts

  • University employment positions
  • Must meet financial need requirement: complete FAFSA
  • Hours: up to 8 hours per week
  • Base rate: $8.10 per hour
  • Undergraduate students only
  • Positions available Fall and Spring semesters

Summer Service Corps

To learn about Summer Service Corps, please click here.