FWS Overview

Please note: This video mentions a job-posting platform called GWork, which is being replaced by Handshake this summer.  Check your @gwmail.gwu.edu email account for Handshake access information in mid-July.

Federal Work Study Program

The Federal Work Study (FWS) program is a federally-funded work program that allows GW students who have received a Federal Work Study award from the Office of Student Financial Assistance to earn money through a part-time job during the academic year. The positions are part of pre-approved organizations, including GW departments, local nonprofits, government agencies and community service employers.

Graduate students who wish to receive Federal Work Study must first go through the Office of Student Financial Assistance.

Students who are awarded Federal Work Study are not required to participate in the program; however, if you do not, you will not receive your FWS award funds.

2018-2019 FWS

For specific information on the 2018-2019 FWS program at GW, download this PDF to learn about Handshake access,  FWS job posting dates & links to the FWS Summer Webinar Series.

Job Availability

The number of Federal Work Study job openings vary from year to year. It is possible to find a FWS job late in the fall semester or early in the spring semester, but it is recommended that you work to find a position during the first few weeks of the fall semester.

You are allowed to have only one FWS job at a time, although you may have an additional on-campus non-FWS job. 

Hiring Process


First, supply your new employer with an Employment Authorization Form (EAF), which you may download from your GWeb account.

After you are offered a FWS position:

  • New GW employees will need to fill out the online I-9 form and the Domestic Student Employment Forms packet (PDF) and deliver it to us in Marvin Center 505 after you receive email instructions from the Student Employment staff.
  • Returning GW employees: You will need to update your direct deposit form (if changing bank accounts) and tax forms (if changing deductions or addresses) as needed.
  • Students under the age of 18 must have a Work Authorization in order to be employed in the District of Columbia.

Please note that the Center for Career Services staff members cannot legally advise you on how to complete tax forms or estimate how much tax you will have to pay. You may use several online resources if you need assistance:

GW Departments or Approved Off-Campus Employers

Review the employer hiring process for Federal Work Study positions before you offer a position to a student.

Learn more about the 2018-2019 FWS program (PDF)

Download for important info on Handshake access,  job posting dates & links to the FWS Summer Webinar Series

Questions about Federal Work Study?

If you have a question about the Federal Work Study program at GW, contact our student employment staff at [email protected].