What is Federal Work Study?
The Federal Work Study program, FWS, is a financial aid program funded jointly by the U.S. Federal Government
and a pre-approved employer. The program was created to allow students to earn wages during college while working
for an educational institution.
How does the program work?
Paul Smith’s College provides a number of different types of jobs, both in the institution’s administrative offices, academic departments as well as
other approved campus departments. The Office of Financial Aid does not place students in a position. Students are to apply with the department
supervisor in regards to positions and hours that are available. The amount you earn cannot exceed your total FWS award. Undergraduate students
are paid by the hour at the rate of New York State minimum wage. Unlike a loan program, money is not paid before you earn it. Students work and are
then paid semi-weekly for their hours worked, on the same pay schedule as College employees. Required tax forms and copies of requested identification
should be prepared prior to the start of the semester with Career Services. For more information on the work-study process please feel free to
contact Career Services, Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm, located in the administration building, lower level room ADM 001.