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What is Federal Work Study?

Federal Work Study is a need-based federal student aid program that gives you the opportunity to earn money through part-time employment on the Cal Poly Pomona campus, or in limited positions in the community. 

The intent of the program is to assist students with paying for educational expenses. FWS jobs are available during the Fall and Spring semesters to undergraduate, credential and graduate students who meet federal and institutional eligibility requirements.


Before the Job Search

There are three advantages for a federal work study student:

  1. The subsidy makes you a highly sought-after employee.
  2. Federal Work Study earnings do not count against your aid eligibility when you fill out the next year's Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  3. Federal Work Study gives you the opportunity to earn part of your college costs rather than increase your loans. The less debt you graduate with, the more choices you'll have in life.

  • File your FAFSA by the March 2 Priority Filing deadline. (Note: FAFSA is available each year beginning October 1)
  • Answer "Yes" to question 31 on the FAFSA, "Are you interested in being considered for work-study?"
  • Demonstrate financial need, as determined by the Financial Aid Office.
  • Submit all requested financial aid documentation from your To-Do-List by the due date
  • Accept your FWS Offer on Bronco Direct.
  • Remain enrolled at least half-time while working under the program
  • Maintain eligibility for aid under Cal Poly Pomona's Satisfactory Academic Progress Standars for Financial Aid Applicants while working under the program

For additional information, please visit the Financial Aid Office website.

Start your Job Search

The first step is to make sure you are eligible for Federal Work Study (FWS) by reviewing your Financial Aid Award Summary.  Go to BroncoDirect to review and accept your Federal Work Study offer.

Handshake is a 24/7 online job board containing on-campus, part-time, full-time, internship, co-op and volunteer opportunities posted by employers seeking to hire Cal Poly Pomona students and alumni. In addition, Handshake provides access to Career Center events, such as career fairs, workshops, information sessions, and on-campus Interviews.

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A resume is a concise, well-organized summary of your background and qualifications. It does not describe everything you have done, but highlights what is most relevant to the position you are seeking.

Resources for writing an effective resume:

  • Resume Webpage: Find resume examples and resources to help you build your resume.
  • Career Counseling: Make an appointment for a one-hour resume reviewed by a Career Specialist.
  • Drop-In Advising: Brief 15-minute resume review Monday - Friday, 1-3PM.

Once your Handshake account is created and your resume is developed, the next step is to update your Handshake student profile. Think of it as your virtual brand-- customize it to highlight your skills and abilities.

Now you're ready to begin your job search. Watch the video below for a quick tutorial on searching for on-campus jobs. Screenshots are also listed in the article below.

Search for On-Campus Jobs

Congratulations, you landed the job interview! Now it's time to prepare for a successful interview that will showcase your abilities and skills. Before your interview, provide a copy of your financial aid summary to the interviewer or your supervisor to confirm your FWS eligibilty.

Resources for a succesful interview:

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