What does being eligible for Federal Work Study
Students who have been awarded Federal Work Study (FWS) as
a part of their financial aid package must secure on campus
employment or Community Service employment in order to receive the
offered tax benefit. The dollars that are awarded to you must be
acquired by working in an approved campus job - the only jobs on
campus that do not fall under this category are those that are with
outside companies such as Aramark, Follett, Starbucks, the Zia
Juice Bar, etc.
Does the money I earn go directly towards my
The student receives a paycheck with normal withholding - the
money is not automatically applied toward their student
primary benefit of the Federal Work Study program for the student
is that the income from this type of employment is exempt from the
income reported on the subsequent year's Financial Aid Form. If a
student works beyond the dollars offered through Federal Work
Study, the additional income will have to be reported on the
subsequent Financial Aid Form.
How do I know if I am FWS eligible?
FWS students will be informed individually by Financial
Aid of your eligibility status, and amount of funds offered. If a
student is unsure of whether or not they are eligible for FWS
funds, please contact Financial Aid at (317) 940-8200.
Are FWS students guaranteed an on-campus
Supervisors are free to hire any student they feel is the
best fit for the job, department, or organization. However, FWS
students do have the opportunity to apply for on-campus jobs on
B.L.U.E. about 10 days earlier than all other students, giving them
a slight advantage. Some supervisors take this into account and
will hire FWS students based on financial need for a job on campus,
but others will hire based purely on fit, whether they are FWS
eligible or not.
Are there other employment options for FWS
Various organizations partner with Butler University by
hiring only FWS eligible students to work for the academic year.
Each year, there are about 10 non-profit organizations (located
both on and off campus) that will hire Butler students, on the
terms that Butler is responsible for paying 100% of the students'
wages, up to the students' allotted FWS monetary award. These jobs
are found in the same section on B.L.U.E. where on-campus jobs are