Federal Work Study Update!

This is a guest blog post by Vinny Versagli.

The application period for our Federal Work-Study (FWS) program opened last Thursday, and applications have been trickling in over the past week.  Beginning Friday, March 2, we will place an update on the bottom of the blog each Friday indicating the number of complete applications we have received.

A few important reminders about the application process:

  • Space in the program is limited to 130 participants, and applicants will be admitted on a first-come, first-served basis. You must submit a completed Agency Agreement and Student Agreement to FWSprogram@nd.edu to apply.
  • The final date on which we can accept FWS applications is April 12; however, please note that the program may fill before that date.
  • The Office of Financial Aid determines a student’s eligibility to receive FWS funding, and there are two steps to that process.
    • Position eligibility: Your position must be eligible for FWS. The Office of Financial Aid will use the Agency Agreement and the position description provided on Exhibit A thereto to determine if your position is eligible.  These determinations will be made on a rolling basis.
    • Financial eligibility: You must be financially eligible to receive FWS funding. The Office of Financial Aid will make that determination based upon the information you provide in your FAFSA.  Remember, you must complete and file your FAFSA by March 31 to be considered for FWS funding.  The Office of Financial Aid will begin making determinations regarding financial eligibility in early April and plans to conclude by April 12.
  • We will communicate with you at each step in the process. You will receive email confirmation from Heidi Baguer when:
    • You submit a complete application;
    • Your position is approved by the Office of Financial Aid; and
    • You are determined to be financially eligible by the Office of Financial Aid.
  • Those who are admitted to the program and are first-time University employees will need to complete employment paperwork and will receive an email from HR prompting them to do so.
  • You can find all documents related to the FWS program here, including the slides from our February 21 information session. HR will provide information about accessing employment paperwork to those who must complete it.

If you have any questions throughout the application process please do not hesitate to contact Heidi Baguer (hbaguer@nd.edu, 574-631-7542), and she will be happy to assist you.  Please do not contact the Office of Financial Aid directly regarding the FWS program.

Want more than $4000? Not eligible for federal work study funding? Check out Katelynn’s blog post on alternative summer funding resources.

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