Friday, October 09, 2009

The Federal Work-Study Program

The Federal Work-Study (FWS) Program "provides funds that are earned through part-time employment to assist students in financing the costs of postsecondary education. Students can receive FWS funds at approximately 3,400 participating postsecondary institutions. Institutional financial aid administrators at participating institutions have substantial flexibility in determining the amount of FWS awards to provide to students who are enrolled or accepted for enrollment. Hourly wages must not be less than the federal minimum wage."

This is an interesting program to read about with Ireland in mind, at a time when it is very hard for students to find part-time work. There is also some concern amongst student representatives that the eligibility-criteria for the maintenance grant will become more stringent, and that there will be a cutback on the level of the maintenance grant.

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