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What is Federal Work Study? 

Federal Work-Study jobs help students earn money to pay for college or career school. Undergraduate and graduate students with work-study jobs will work part-time on or off campus while enrolled.

Federal Work-Study provides part-time jobs for undergraduate and graduate students with financial need, allowing them to earn money to help pay education expenses. The program encourages community service work and work related to the student’s course of study.

  • Here’s a quick overview of FWS:
  • It provides part-time employment while you are enrolled in school.
  • It is available to undergraduate, graduate, and professional students with financial need.
  • It is available to full-time or part-time students.


The first step in applying for FWS is to complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). You must select “Yes” to the following question on the FAFSA: “Are you interested in being considered for Work-Study?”

FWS eligibility is based on established financial needs. As a general rule, you must be Pell Grant Eligible and have an unmet need

  • The ASU employment policies are the same for all ASU students, whether Student Assistant or Federal Work-Study Student Assistant. However, FWS student assistants cannot exceed their awarded amount.
  • All student employees must be in good financial and academic standing and have at least a 2.0 Adjusted GPA (undergraduate students) and a 3.0 Adjusted GPA (graduate students), although some departments require a higher GPA.
  • FWS students cannot work more than 20 hours per week total.

Go your Banner Web account to accept FWS awards.

All Federal work-study students are required to attend an orientation session before enrolling in the program. Sessions are led by Student Employer Coordinator, Niquacha Snead to answer your questions and show you how ASU is ready to support your success as a new Ram!


The next step is to click on the Golden Ram link https://app.purplebriefcase.com/pba/intro/ to apply. The jobs are located under Work-Study Openings. FWS jobs are found on and off-campus, and work schedules are flexible with your class schedule. It is imperative to note job locations.

Once you apply for a position and provide the necessary documentation, you may be contacted by a supervisor. After the selection for an interview, you must contact the FWS office to complete a Work Authorization Form. Once the Work Authorization Form is completed and selected for hire, you will receive an email from Human resources; you must complete ALL documents requested by HR to complete the hiring process. Please monitor your ASU email. 

FWS employees may begin working as they have uploaded and completed all documentation requested from Human Resources. Please contact Student Employment Coordinator in you may have any questions.  Email:      niquacha.snead@asurams.edu

  • Be on time
  • Be responsible for all actions
  • Adhere to all rules and policies established by your employer
  • Adhere to the work schedule that has been established and agreed upon by you and your employer.
  • Perform your job duties as set by your employer
  • Give two weeks' notice to your employer if you are planning on quitting.

Although there is no set dress code for most campus positions, students are expected to dress neatly and appropriately in their role as a student employee. “Business Casual” clothing is almost always acceptable as long as it is in good taste. In general, you should avoid wearing tank or crop tops, tattered or ripped clothing, or sweat pants, and must wear shoes at all times. Clothing that could potentially interfere with your work or be distracting or offensive to others is not permitted. Departments may require different clothing rules based on interaction with the public and the type of work that is performed, but, at all times, students must present themselves in a way compatible with the mission of Albany State University. Dress appropriately for the job as specified by the supervisor.

If you have any questions please contact Student Employment Coordinator,

Niquacha Snead
Email:      niquacha.snead@asurams.edu
Office:       229.500.2977