Federal Work Study Program Federal Work Study (FWS) is a federally funded, need-based program that provides students with part-time employment. Eligibility is determined from your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or Renewal FAFSA and is based on your federal need analysis report. Apply at studentaid.gov Basic Requirements Be a U.S. citizen, national, or permanent resident Show need on your FAFSA or Renewal Application need analysis report Maintain satisfactory academic progress Be enrolled at least half-time as an undergraduate or graduate student Not have defaulted on or owe a refund to any aid program Apply You must have a completed FAFSA on file to verify your eligibility to participate in the Federal Work-Study Program. Once you have verified your eligibility you may begin to search work study jobs posted on Charger Path. The Office of Career Services oversees all processing related to work study job positions.