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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 the FWS amount 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 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 Sunday, September 15, 2024, but students may view available job opportunities on the Northwestern Student Job Board starting August 15

Required Employment Documents 

Once offered a job, you must submit required employment documents ( to establish your official employment and payroll records. 

Be sure to bring your original, unexpired identification documents in their original condition (no copies, emails, or faxes) to campus during move-in to satisfy the I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification process!  
Your ability to be officially hired and paid will be forfeited if you do not complete this step! A list of acceptable documents is outlined on the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services website.