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Federal Work-Study Eligible Students

What is the Federal Work-Study Program?

The Federal Work-Study (FWS) Program is a federal need-based financial aid program that allows students to pursue part-time employment to help pay for educational expenses. Eligibility is based on a student’s demonstrated financial need as determined by the Office of Undergraduate Financial Aid. Employment is not required nor is it guaranteed.

Students may be employed by the University or non-profit off-campus partners working for the public good within the Evanston community. Student wages are subsidized by the Federal government and paid directly to students for hours worked. It is the student’s responsibility to work enough hours to reach their FWS allotment listed in their financial aid package and budget their money accordingly to meet their expenses.

More information about the Federal Work-Study program and policies can be found on the Federal Work-Study program website.


Viewing Available Jobs

There are many different jobs available through the Work-Study Program ranging from clerical to musical, laboratory to technological, or early childhood tutoring to research next to an acclaimed professor! With a variety of positions, we hope students will find a position that is both interesting and related to their career goals. Employment begins Tuesday, September 19, 2023, but students may view available job opportunities on the Work-Study website starting August 15. The website will be updated through August and throughout the fall quarter.

Required Employment Documents 

  1. I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification Form 
    A complete I-9 Form is required before your first date of work. Your ability to be officially hired and paid will be forfeited if you do not complete this step! Once you are offered a job, you must bring original, unexpired identification documents in their original condition (no copies, emails, or faxes) to a Northwestern Human Resource Center to complete the I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification Form. A list of acceptable documents is outlined on the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services website. 
  2. Work-Study Authorization Form 
    Once offered employment, students must work with their supervisor to submit the Work-Study Authorization Form, a CAESAR Checklist requirement!  
  3. Personal Data Form 
    Complete all information above the dotted line on the Personal Data Form and give it to your hiring supervisor as soon as possible after being offered employment. This is an HR requirement to establish your employment record!