The Federal Work Study (FWS) program provides funds for part-time employment to help
students to finance the costs of postsecondary education.
As of October 2015, all federal work study funds have been exhausted for the current 2015-2016 academic year. Unfortunately we are not able to increase or make new more work study awards to students. More funding will become available with the start of the new 2016-2017 fiscal year on July 1, 2016. If a student is interested in lining up a work study job for 2016-2017, the student can now begin speaking with departments & supervisors regarding open positions after July 1. Students will need to complete the 2016-2017 FAFSA and other financial aid requirements to be considered for eligibility of a work study award.
Depending on a student’s eligibility, the usual FWS award is $5,400.00 for the academic year. Most positions pay $15 per hour. This works out to be about 10 hours per week over three terms.
Students may work up to, but cannot exceed, 20 hours per week while enrolled in classes.
Returning students may work up to, but cannot exceed, 30 hours per week over the summer term if they are not enrolled in classes and returning in August.
If a student works 5 or more hours in a work day they will automatically be deducted a 30 minute lunch period.
New incoming PCOM students may not begin working until their first day of classes.
Students will be paid biweekly via direct deposit. Students must swipe in and out of PCOM’s Kronos timekeeping stations in order to keep track of hours and be paid. If
Students are responsible for managing their FWS hours and may not work in excess of
their FWS award as part of their financial aid package. Working in excess of the FWS
award could result in reduction of a student's federal student loans and/or PCOM scholarships.
It is the student’s responsibility to seek out and apply for a FWS job by contacting supervisors/departments around campus. Use the FWS Job Listing Document to view potential job positions on the Philadelphia and Georgia campuses. Schedule a time to meet with the job's department supervisor to interview for the position and discuss terms and hours.
After a student has been hired for a work study position, the student must complete the below tax and employment paperwork. Returning students who worked a PCOM FWS position in the previous academic year do not need to complete the paperwork below again and may continue to Step 3.
Print and complete the appropriate forms and then visit your respective financial aid office to review the documentation and present valid forms of identification.
After Step 2 is complete, the financial aid counselor will give the student a Federal Work Study Award Form. The student and job supervisor will complete the FWS Award Form and return it to their appropriate financial aid office.
After Step 3 is complete, the student must wait several business days for processing to finalize. The student and his or her supervisor will receive a FWS Authorization Email. Students may not begin working until they receive the FWS Authorization Email.
If you have additional questions, please contact your respective financial aid office: