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Federal Work Study (FWS)

What is Federal Work-Study?

How does Federal Work-Study work?

  1. Student receives a Federal Work-Study award within his/her Financial Aid Package.
  2. Student reviews the amount of this award can be viewed with each student's LOCUS account, by asking a HUB representative or meeting with a Financial Aid advisor.
  3. Student prepares for a competitive job search that usually requires a one-page resume and interview(s).
  4. Student conducts a job search, targeting positions that require work-study recipients. Positions are posted in the on-line recruiting system, RamblerLink. Recruiting for Work-Study positions happens throughout the year including the off campus work-study program called Community-Based Federal Work-Study.

Community-based Federal Work Study program

What is the Community-Based Federal Work-Study Program?

The Center for Experiential Learning has established a robust Community-Based Federal Work-Study Program in order to provide more job opportunities for those students who have received Federal Work-Study as part of their Financial Aid Awards. This program enables students to earn their Work-Study awards but requires students to work in an off-campus community organization in a position that enriches the Chicagoland community. Students gain valuable experience working at community service sites while earning money for their education.

The Center for Experiential Learning has developed work-study employment agreements with over 90 local community-based organizations which provide experiential learning opportunities for students as part of the Federal Work-Study (FWS) program.  Organizations such as the YMCA, Edgewater Chamber of Commerce, Chicago Public Schools and Children's Memorial Hospital, just to name a few, participate in this program! 

The purpose of the Community-Based Federal Work Study program is "…to encourage students receiving Federal student financial assistance to participate in community service activities that will benefit the Nation and engender in the students a sense of social responsibility and commitment to the community."  

How does Community-Based Federal Work-Study work?


Center for Experiential Learning · 1032 W. Sheridan Road, Chicago, IL 60660
Shipping address: Sullivan Center for Student Services · 6339 N. Sheridan Rd., Chicago, IL 60660
Phone: 773.508.3366 · Fax: 773.508.3955 · E-mail: experiential@luc.edu

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