Federal Work-Study (FWS) is a program through the U.S. Department of Education that provides funds for students with financial need, allowing IUPUI students to earn money to help offset the costs of higher education. Approximately 3,000 IUPUI students are offered work-study awards each academic year as part of their financial aid packages. Students can then secure a part-time job on campus and in approved community work-study agencies to work and to receive a biweekly paycheck.
Through hiring students who have been awarded work-study, departments and approved community work-study agencies not only provide students with financial need, valuable skills, and academically relevant work experiences but also receive a financial incentive through paying just 25% of students' wages up to their award amounts. The remaining 75% is subsidized by the federal government.