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Federal Work Study (FWS) and Campus Employment (CE)

FWS and CE are need-based awards for up to $3,500 per year for part-time employment in on-campus facilities, such as the library, science labs, computer labs, the dining room, and athletic team managers. Both CE and FWS are need-based, so domestic students must have a FAFSA on file.

Employment during the academic year and over the summer can provide financial resources to help students meet college costs. Research shows that students who work a modest number of hours per week during the academic year are more likely to graduate and have a higher grade point average.

FWS and CE programs offer students the opportunity to work on campus. Students may earn up to the amount listed on the aid offer. Actual earnings will depend on the number of hours the student works. Students are paid at least minimum wage. Missouri Minimum wage is $12.00/hr. through 2023 and will increase to $13.00/hr. in 2024. Students that work in Dining Services are paid an extra $0.25 an hour.

FWS and CE awards will not automatically be deducted from the student’s bill. Typically, students will be paid directly (twice per month, via direct deposit) and can use earnings for any indirect educational costs (books, personal, or transportation expenses). Any students interested in an agreement for CE or FWS funds to automatically apply to their bill, should contact the financial aid office.

If FWS or CE is included in a financial aid package, an employment application must be completed. CE and FWS eligible students can apply for open positions on the Finances tab of MyCottey. Application information is used to make job assignments for new students who will be notified of positions in late summer. All first-year students who will be working on campus will complete employment paperwork during a session at Orientation. Employment paperwork includes the Form I-9, a Missouri State W-4, and a Federal W-4. As part of completing the I-9 form, we are required to examine certain documents, which could include the student’s driver’s license, Cottey ID, social security card, U.S. Passport, birth certificate, etc.