Understanding Federal Work-Study (FWS) and Student Wage (SW) Positions

Students will receive a paycheck every two weeks from their employer. NAU does not regulate how the money is spent, and it is not automatically applied to students' NAU charges.

Federal Work-Study

FWS is an employment program available to undergraduate and graduate students who demonstrate financial need as calculated from their FAFSA information. The FWS program is partially funded by the U.S. Department of Education, and helps students meet their educational expenses through part-time employment.

Students who are offered FWS funding will see it on their financial aid award letter and LOUIE account. The offer for FWS is not a guarantee of a position.

To be eligible for FWS positions, you must:

  • have a FAFSA on file for the current aid year and demonstrate financial need
  • be enrolled at least half-time for each term of employment (six credits for undergraduates; five credits for graduate students)
  • meet Satisfactory Academic Progress standards

If you are offered FWS and plan to apply for part-time employment:

  • accept your FWS offer in your LOUIE account
  • create a profile on Jobs for Jacks, the university's online employment database
  • contact NAU departments where you want to work

Once you are hired:

  • your supervisor will complete the online FWS hiring form
  • you will receive a paycheck every two weeks; be sure to sign up for Direct Deposit via LOUIE
  • you may work a maximum of 20 hours per week while classes are in session 

Student Wage

Student Wage is an on-campus, non-need-based student employment program directed by university policy, and standard wage and labor laws.

To be eligible for Student Wage positions you must:

  • meet academic requirements of the university and the department where you are hired
  • be enrolled at least half-time during each term of employment (six credits for undergraduates; five credits for graduate students)

Once you are hired:

  • you will receive a paycheck every two weeks; be sure to sign up for Direct Deposit via LOUIE
  • you may work a maximum of 30 hours per week while classes are in session
  • you may work during the summer without being enrolled in summer classes, as long as you are enrolled for the upcoming fall semester