The Federal Work-Study Program was established by Congress as part of the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964. Its purpose is to promote part-time employment for students with financial need and to provide work experience related to a student's interests.
Work-Study is a federally-subsidized program where costs are shared by the federal government and the individual employer. The current wage cost ratio for On-Campus Employers is 30%-70%. In other words, the On-Campus employer pays 30% of each student's wage, and the Federal Government pays 70%. For Off-Campus employers, the wage cost ratio is 25%-75%. The Program must adhere to congressional legislation which is regulated by the U.S. Department of Education. Federal regulations mandate that student employees must not displace or replace existing employees (including those on strike).
The Federal Work-Study Program is directed by the Office of Financial Aid at Northwestern. At the Work-Study Office, we will make all efforts possible to promote job openings, but unfortunately, we cannot guarantee that all jobs will be filled or that all students will find a job.
Students and employers should remember that each has responsibilities toward the employment relationship. Federal Work-Study students are instructed that their job is second only to academics. Students are limited to working a maximum of 15 hours per week, or 30 hours per two-week pay period. Students are also expected to practice common employment courtesy, such as calling well in advance if they are unable to work at a scheduled time.
Employers should also be sensitive to the special needs of college students, who occasionally may request a day off to study for exams. If both parties consider the concerns of the other and do not abuse the relationship, a work-study job can be a rewarding experience for all involved.
Please note that any employer who abuses the Federal Work Study Program policies and procedures will be immmediately removed from the program.