The Federal Work-Study (FWS) program provides opportunities for eligible students to be placed in part-time jobs that accommodate their academic schedules. We offer FWS positions in numerous departments throughout College of The Albemarle (COA).
Authorizations acknowledge that you’re eligible to hold an FWS position, and will be written for available positions beginning in August.
To be eligible to hold FWS positions, you’ll need to meet the following criteria:
- Submit your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and have your financial aid file completed.
- Meet the standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress.
- Be eligible for federal financial aid.
- Have a remaining financial need after the Federal Pell Grant has been awarded.
- Register for at least six required credits for the upcoming term.
- Complete a Department of Homeland Security Form I-9, documenting that you’re eligible to work in the U.S.
- Complete Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Form W-4 to determine how much federal income tax should be withheld from your pay.
- Complete other forms as required.
The amount of FWS assistance we can offer reflects the maximum amount of money you’ll be eligible to earn. This doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ll earn the entire amount during the academic year. Your earnings are determined by the rate of pay associated with your job and the number of hours you work per week. Students employed under FWS are paid on a monthly basis.
Earning the FWS award is contingent upon working sufficient hours that don’t conflict with your classes. You may only work during scheduled school terms, and not during holidays or scheduled class times. Awards don’t extend beyond the academic year, and you can’t be paid more than you’ve been awarded by COA. Please keep track of your FWS earnings so that you don’t exceed your award.
If you graduate in December, or you won’t be enrolled for at least six credit hours in the spring term, you’ll need to stop working the last day of the fall semester.
FWS earnings are considered taxable income and are treated just like any other employment on your tax returns.
Financial Aid Assistant II
Elizabeth City Campus: AE 141
252-335-0821 ext. 2385