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FWS Jobs and Programs

The information below can provide further details to help you better understand the types of Federal Work Study jobs and programs.

Are Jobs Assigned?

  • Cornell does not assign jobs. You conduct your own job search using multiple resources and apply to jobs which best fit your interests, skills, and schedule.
  • Always mention your FWS eligibility when applying for jobs.

When Can FWS Be Used?

  • FWS can be used for academic year jobs, and for summer jobs or paid internships.
  • Based on your specific financial aid package, you may have FWS eligibility for only one term (fall or spring).
  • Academic Year FWS eligibility can be used during winter break for on-campus jobs or with pre-approved off-campus employers. {Application deadline for winter off-campus employer is December 1st.}
  • FWS may be awarded during the summer if you are enrolled for summer classes and have a summer financial aid package.

Where Can FWS Be Used?

  • All Cornell departments can hire FWS eligible students.
  • Most local non-profit agencies hire Cornell FWS eligible students through the Community Work-Study Program monitored by the Cornell Public Service Center for academic year and summer jobs.

Job Restrictions

  • The job cannot be affiliated with religious organizations or with lobbying.
  • Work must be done in the continental United States.
  • You cannot work with the U.S. Department of Education.
  • You cannot work for yourself, nor for a business owned by your family.

Special FWS Programs

Community Work Study Program - The Cornell Public Service Center offers job opportunities with Ithaca area non-profit agencies through this program. You are paid directly by Cornell, and the employer is billed for its share of your wages.