Federal Work Study

Federal Work-Study (FWS) is a need-based program which provides part-time employment for undergraduate and graduate students with financial need, allowing you to earn money to help pay education expenses. The program encourages community service work and work related to your course of study. Funds for this program are awarded to eligible students as part of the financial aid process. Selection and placement for Work Study recipients is determined by student's eligibility, institutional funding, job availability and suitability for the position. Funds are limited and awarded on a first come, first served basis each academic year.

Students may work a maximum of 30 hours/week during the summer semester and a maximum of 20 hours/week during the fall and spring semester at a rate of $19/hour.

Federal Work-Study Guidelines & Timesheet Instructions


To be eligible for FWS, students must complete a FAFSA.

Students must maintain a 2.0 GPA (unless such GPA does not meet Satisfactory Academic Progress in their school or program of study) to receive Federal Work-Study.

Students who fail to make Satisfactory Academic Progress must immediately discontinue Federal Work-Study.

If you cannot report for work as instructed, or no longer want employment, you must notify your direct supervisor. Failure to do so will jeopardize your future FWS eligibility.


Regulations stipulate that students may only work for their assigned department.

Work Days & Hours

Students may not work:

  • on Saturdays
  • while the college is closed
  • during scheduled class time
  • more than 30 hours a week during the summer semester and a maximum of 20 hours/week during the fall and spring semester

Students may work up to the last day of their individual finals for each semester.


  • You must electronically report your time on the TouroOne Portal. Supervisors must approve your timesheet for each pay period. Instructions are given when you are approved for Federal Work Study.

Time In & Time Out

Time must be entered in the following format: HH:MM AM or PM. Time must be entered in 15-minute intervals only. e.g. Accepted minutes are: 00, 15, 30, and 45 Do not use military time.


FWS Participants must take an unpaid one-half (1/2) hour break when working more than five (5) hours, and a 1-hour break when working 7 1/2 hours or more.

How to Apply for Federal Work Study Positions

  1. If you are interested in federal work study first speak to your financial aid counselor about adding a FWS award for you.
  2. Once you have received and accepted a FWS award you can then look for available positions in TouroOne by logging into TouroOne and clicking on the Financial Aid Page. Once you do that you will see a sub tab called “Federal Work Study Jobs: Clicking on that will bring you to the page that has the available Federal Work Study Jobs. 
  3. Once you have a supervisor interested in hiring you the supervisor of the position needs to email a completed job description form along with your name and T# to Cheryl Weiner (cheryl.weiner@touro.edu) to let her know that they would like you to work to fill the position.
  4. Once Cheryl receives that email she will send a packet to you.
  5. When Cheryl receives the completed packet from you, an email will be sent with the start date. You may not begin working until you receive and reply to an email from Cheryl with your start date.

Alternately if you are interested in working off campus, there are several off-campus position in the financial services tab of TouroOne. If you are interested in one of those positions, you would contact Cheryl and Cheryl would forward the information to the supervisor and you would then proceed as above in steps 4 & 5.

If you are interested in another position that is not posted you would need to have the agency complete our job description and need assessment forms so that we can evaluate if the position can qualify as a FWS position, before beginning above process.