Federal Work-Study: Academic Year

The Federal Work-Study Program provides employment to undergraduate and graduate students with financial need. Students are employed on campus in a variety of departments and off-campus in a variety of nonprofit community service agencies.

The Tulane Student Employment Team of WFMO (phone: (504) 865-5280 - ask for Tulane Student Employment Team; email:, administers the Federal Work-Study Program job placement for students. They also attempt to help students who do not qualify for Federal Work-Study find alternative employment.

The typical work schedule for full-time students is 10-15 hours per week. Work schedules are arranged between the student and his/her supervisor and may vary from early in the morning to late in the evening.

Effective July 24, 2009 the federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour.  Students are paid by the hour and receive their funds through direct bank deposits. Student wages vary and are based upon the nature of job and each student's qualifications.

The Tulane Workforce Management Organization has provided various jobs of interest on their website

It is the responsibility of the student after finding a job of interest to contact the hiring department or employer by following the application method listed online. Remember to bring a copy of your Federal Work-Study Award Letter for verification of eligibility. FWS students can have only one FWS job.  If you have any questions or need assistance, please feel free to contact the Tulane Student Employment Team of WFMO (phone: (504) 865-5280 - ask for the Tulane Student Employment Team; email:

Additional Terms and Conditions for Student Employment through Federal Work Study at Tulane University are found in the Federal Work Study Student Handbook located on the WFMO website.

Paid Community Service Tutoring Program

Tulane University 's Federal Work-Study Tutoring Program provides Tulane students with valuable work experience while addressing critical social and academic needs of children in the Greater New Orleans area. Placements in programs include both on and off campus sites working with elementary, middle and high school students either in school or after school programs with the convenience of scheduling your own hours.

Summer Federal Work Study

Summer federal work study eligibility is subject to the deadlines and processing requirements of the Financial Aid Office and to the final approval of the Tulane Student Employment Team. In addition, please note that additional paperwork from the Tulane Student Employment Team noting approval of the employer and position is required before you may begin any off-campus job.

Funding is limited, and applications for summer Federal Work Study certification are processed on a first-come, first-served basis. Students are restricted to working a maximum of 40 hours per week. To be eligible for Federal Work Study no summer enrollment is required, although courses may be taken. If you will be enrolled during the upcoming academic year, enrollment in the preceding academic year is not a consideration for eligibility. If you do not plan to enroll during the upcoming academic year, you must have been enrolled during the preceding academic year and enroll during a summer session and be graduating at the end of the summer. In this case, your summer employment cannot extend beyond the period of summer enrollment.

Federal law has made a savings expectation from summer Federal Work Study earnings quite stringent. This is due to the severe restrictions placed on summer expense allowances for many students. The allowable costs are limited because the Federal Methodology already provides for summer living expenses of the student, and dependents, if any, in the calculation of the student (and parents' if the student is dependent) contribution for the regular academic year.

Based on federal law, summer expense allowances (not expected to be saved) are:

•  Enrolled for no summer courses at Tulane: standard local transportation for the period of employment.
•  Enrolled less than half-time at Tulane: tuition, books, and standard local transportation for the period of employment.
•  Enrolled at least half-time at Tulane: tuition, books, room, board, and miscellaneous for the period of enrollment, and standard local transportation for the period of enrollment as well as the period of employment.
•  Dependent students who will not work in the same area where their parents live: allowed room, board, and miscellaneous costs for the period of employment in addition to the allowances noted above.

The total amount of your Federal Work Study earnings less these allowable expenses will be expected as a contribution toward the upcoming academic year costs. (A higher contribution would be expected from students who have other resources, including a parent contribution for dependent students, to meet all or a portion of these allowable expenses for the summer.) If you do not enroll, the contribution from your summer Federal Work Study earnings cannot be less than $100.00.

The expected contribution from summer Federal Work Study is in addition to the student and family (if applicable) expected contribution for the upcoming academic year which is also calculated according to the Federal Methodology. Because of the restrictions noted above, students should consider carefully whether summer Federal Work Study employment is advantageous to them. Should you be unable to earn the expected amount of Federal Work Study certification, you may request (in writing) reconsideration of your academic year aid package after fall registration. Any increases in your aid package would be in the form of self-help (loan and/or work study) and would be on a funds-available basis.

Please estimate your expected earnings as closely as possible. Due to the heavy summer workload in the Financial Aid Office, requests for additional certification cannot be considered until late summer after all other applications for the upcoming academic year have been processed. To help you determine what your earnings may be, please refer to the typical maximum earnings chart on the last page. Because of the limit on federal funds available, our intention is to certify students for summer earnings at a level they believe they can realistically earn, up to these maximums.

Page last modified on November 5, 2013.

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