Federal Work Study (FWS) is a federally funded aid program designed to provide part-time employment for eligible students. Students who demonstrate financial need based on their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and complete the work study application, are awarded FWS funds on a first-come, first-serve basis until funds are exhausted. If financial aid is awarded too late in the year, students may not receive a FWS award due to lack of funding regardless of whether they had a FWS award in the past. Contact the Financial Aid Office to be placed on the FWS waiting list.
Top 5 Reasons to Work Study
Convenience of working between classes
Flexible Schedule and Hours
Build employer connections and references
Good Hourly Pay
1. Fill Out the Work Study Application
- Fill out the Work Study Application here
- The Financial Aid Office will contact you once the application is received.
- The Financial Aid Office approves eligibility and provides a list of possible work study positions
2. Find a Work Study Job
- Review the list of all Work Study Positions (PDF) and contact Financial Aid Staff for available positions
- If you would like to work in a department not listed, contact the Financial Aid Office at (715) 365-4423 to be directed to a member of the department to discuss potential work study positions
3. Paperwork to Complete After Being Hired
- Complete Employment Paperwork
- HR will email instructions to access forms/training online
- Including but not limited to: Applicant Release Form for criminal background check, direct deposit, I-9, and withholding forms
- Supervisors will sign an Authorization to Hire form and will notify the student of a start date
4. Start Working
- Watch for email from the Business Office with timecard instructions
- Complete online training assigned by HR (FERPA and WTCS History)
- Submit timecards per instructions
- Get paid bi-weekly via direct deposit
"In Nicolet’s work study program, I acquired experience and new skills that will apply to my future career and also gained confidence that I can apply the knowledge I have learned in my coursework to real world situations."