Federal Work-Study on the FAFSA

on February 10, 2017

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) asks whether the student is interested in being considered for work-study.


This is one of the most ridiculous questions on the FAFSA.


Students should always answer “yes” to this question. Even if you are offered a work-study job, you can always turn it down later.


Answering “yes” to this question does not guarantee that the student will get a Federal Work-Study (FWS) job. There usually aren’t enough jobs for every interested student who is awarded a work-study job to get a job.


Answering “no” to this question will not cause the student to receive more grants and scholarships. Students who answer “no” just get less financial aid.


The purpose of this question is to help colleges with their financial aid planning. Colleges must award more jobs than they have funds available, because some students will decide that they don’t want the jobs. Colleges that don’t use their entire Federal Work-Study funding each year can have their funding reduced in subsequent years. So, the colleges err on the side of awarding too many jobs, rather than too few.

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