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Federal Work-Study (FWS) Program

The Federal Work-Study (FWS) initiative is designed to provide eligible students with part-time employment. Participating students benefit by enhancing their resumes, obtaining references, fostering connections within BAC’s community, and earning additional funds to cover expenses while pursuing their education.

FWS funds are not directly applied to the student bill. Instead, participating students receive a paycheck, which is earned at an hourly rate up to the award amount. Most students use these funds to help pay for their personal and educated-related expenses throughout the academic year.

FWS is only open to students who are eligible for U.S. federal student aid. However, there are Eligible Non-Citizens who may participate in FWS.

Eligibility Requirements

  1. In order to be considered for FWS, students must: Submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the academic year.
  2. Be U.S. federal student aid eligible.
  3. Be enrolled half-fime or more in a degree-seeking, federally approved program during the semester in which they are employed. Enrollment levels and information for each program can be found in the BAC Catalog.
  4. Maintain satisfactory academic progress found in the BAC Catalog.
  5. Have demonstrated financial need.


Students may not work more than 19.5 hours per week in the FWS program. During the semester, FWS students cannot earn more than their allotted semester amount, or the overage will be charged to the Manager’s department budget.

Rules and Guidelines

It is the student’s responsibility to supply accurate and complete information on the FAFSA application and to notify the BAC financial aid of any changes in enrollment plans or financial situation. This includes information pertaining to any outside scholarships, as this may impact the student’s FWS eligibility.

Financial need is partially based upon the number of courses in which the student is registered during a particular semester for those programs charged per credit. For per credit charged programs, the more credits the student is enrolled, the higher the tuition portion of the Cost of Attendance will be, which increases the student’s chance of FWS eligibility.

Award Renewal for Returning Students

FWS awards are not automatically renewed or guaranteed each academic year. Returning students must submit a FAFSA application each academic year. The student’s renewal depends on an annual reassessment of financial need, and priority is granted to eligible students who participated in the FWS program the previous academic year.

Each higher education institution participating in the FWS program receives a set amount of funding each academic year with the amount granted contingent upon factors that include available federal financial support, and usage the prior year.

FWS Positions and Information

Open positions will be posted at the start of each semester and will be denoted as FWS in the job title.

Have Questions?

Please direct all Federal Work Study eligibility related questions to Financial Aid:

Please direct all job related questions to Human Resources: