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Federal Work Study Program

Vanderbilt has many opportunities for students to gain employment at the University and with off-campus partners. Vanderbilt has close to 4,000 students employed during the academic year with approximately 20% being FWS positions.

  • The Federal Work Study Program (FWS) is a government-subsidized student employment program designed to assist students in financing their post-secondary education.Federal Work Study is different from other types of part-time jobs because your employer only has to pay a percentage of your wages – the remaining is paid by FWS.
  • How to Get Work Study: To be eligible for FWS funds, you must demonstrate financial need every year by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Be sure to request FWS on the FAFSA. Both undergraduate and graduate students are eligible. For questions regarding the eligibility criteria email the Office of Student Financial Aid.
  • What kinds of jobs are available? Many On-Campus Work Study jobs are clerical, but there are also many jobs in labs, research assistants, social science research, child care, library services, housing services as well as food services.
  • How much will I be paid? All FWS jobs pay at least minimum wage and most pay more, depending upon experience and skills. Regardless of your hourly wage, you cannot earn more than your FWS award amount. Please note that FWS students are not eligible for paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, or medical and dental insurance through their VU position.