work-study program

noun
Updated on: 8 Nov 2017

Definition of work-study program

:a program that offers high school or college students part-time jobs in order to provide financial assistance or work experience

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First Known Use of work-study program

1946


Financial Definition of WORK-STUDY PROGRAM

work-study program

What It Is

The College Work Study Program (CWSP) is a type of financial aid that a school awards to a student who has completed a FAFSA and has demonstrated a financial need. The student is given a job (usually on-campus) and is paid by the school not to exceed a determined amount.

How It Works

The College Work Study Program (CWSP) is now called the Federal Work Study Program (FWSP).

Upon a student's completion of the FAFSA for the upcoming school year, the school will determine the student's level of financial need and decides how much (if any) financial aid will be awarded.

Along with grants and loans, the school's financial aid office may offer the student a chance to be part of the school's CWSP. If the student joins the program, the student will work for the college and be paid above minimum wage up to a determined total amount per semester.

The school's financial aid office (from which the student is compensated) will determine the wage the student may earn based on their level of financial need, previous work experience and the amount money that is available in the school's financial aid budget. Because there is a limit on funds that the financial aid office may award the CWSP student, the student may not exceed his or her work hours in a given semester.

Students under the CWSP may be assigned to work off campus, but will mostly work on campus. Off-campus, a student may work for a non-profit agency or public organization that works with the school. On-campus, a student may work at the school bookstore, cafeteria, residence hall or admissions office.

Why It Matters

Combined with scholarships, grants and loans, a college's CWSP can offer a student significant aid when it comes to paying tuition and other college expenses. Unlike a normal job, funds that are paid to the student under the CWS program does not count against the amount of financial aid that a student may receive for future semesters.

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WORK-STUDY PROGRAM Defined for English Language Learners

work-study program

noun

Definition of work-study program for English Language Learners

  • : a program that gives high school or college students the opportunity to work in a particular field in order to gain experience


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