The Federal Work Study (FWS) award is part of your financial aid package. This award allows you to work at one of our Community Service Agencies and allows Yale to recover some of your earnings from the federal government. There is nothing that either you or your supervisor need to do to access these funds.
Campus jobs are available to all students regardless of their FWS status unless the job specifically states that a FWS award is required. Community Service positions are only available to FWS recipients per federal regulations.
No, not directly. FWS, as listed in the financial aid package, is not a grant that pays tuition. Instead, it is a work assistance program and wages are paid to the student via payroll.
They are similar, but different. They are both work awards given as a part of a financial aid package to students however, FWS indicates that a portion of the funds supporting the student's paycheck comes from the federal government, whereas funds for Term-Time jobs are supported by Yale. Here are a couple of important pieces of information:
No, students are not required to work. Students often work in areas of interest to them or in positions that fit within their academic schedule. Students can find paid work in areas such as academic departments, research labs, administrative offices, and athletics. Most campus jobs are available to all students regardless of their financial aid status. However, during the first two weeks of the academic year, hiring preference is given to undergraduates receiving Yale financial aid.