Federal Work Study Program

Student filling out application at job fair

The purpose of the Federal Work Study (FWS) program is to provide opportunities for students to earn additional income to assist with paying for living and educational expenses. Students and universities participating in the FWS program are required to adhere to the rules and regulations established by the Department of Education that governs the program. Through the FWS program, students can work part-time while enrolled in school to help finance their college education.

  • FWS jobs are posted on Handshake with all other On-Campus student job opportunities. Students must apply and be hired in order to earn their work study funds.
  • All funds earned will be paid directly to the student, not applied to any remaining balance with the University.
  • Students can only earn up to their FWS award limit. The actual amount students receive will be based on hourly pay rate and number of hours worked.
  • To view only FWS positions: Select 'All Filters', then check the box labeled 'Work Study'. Tip: Try searching all 'On-Campus jobs' - you can still apply to jobs that don't require FWS. 
  • The search, application, and hiring process for FWS jobs is the same as non-FWS jobs. Check out the Student Employment Guide to Finding an On-Campus Job for details.

Students can confirm their FWS award by visiting Gibson Online. Instructions can be found here. FWS awards are restricted to U.S. citizens only.

CLICK HERE to download the FWS Hours Calculator for Excel.

Tulane partners with local nonprofit organizations, schools, and government agencies to connect eligible students with Off-Campus work-study positions. Students can support community organizations, work with local residents, and gain valuable experience and skills while earning money to support their education. Working in the nonprofit and public sectors develops real-world experience and job skills and connects students to the city's diverse communities. Tulane is currently partnered with:

  • Tulane Hillel
  • NOLA Wesley - The Labyrinth, Cafe, and Gathering Space
  • Tulane Community Tutor Program
  • For more information about Off-Campus Work Study opportunities or to learn how to partner as an off-campus employer, please contact Student Employment.
    • Willow Elementary
    • Willow Middle/High School
    • STAIR - Start the Adventure in Reading
    • For The Children School 
    • Audubon Charter School