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Admissions . Financing Your Education . Work-Study Program 

Federal Work-Study Program

The Federal Work-Study (FWS) program allows students to earn funds for educational expenses by working a part-time job on campus or at several approved off-campus sites. This program is designed to provide students with an opportunity for employment arranged around class schedules.

The money earned from the FWS program may be used for tuition, fees, room, board, books, and any other educational expenses. However, no money is ever automatically credited toward payment of your tuition and fees, on-campus housing or other CIA charges or expenses. The FWS funds earned are deposited into the bank account of your choice.

Download CIA’s Work-Study Brochure for more information.

How do I become eligible?

To be eligible for the Federal Work-Study program you must demonstrate financial need (determined by the Department of Education) by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at, and all other required financial aid forms every year by March 15. Eligibility is determined each year so an application must be made each year.

As a first-year student, how do I begin the federal work-study process?

Once you have received and accepted the financial aid offered to you, including FWS, you must visit the Career Center (Room 120) to complete the following documents:

  • Form W-4: Federal IRS Employee’s Tax Withholding Allowance Certificate
  • Form IT 4: State of Ohio Employee’s Tax Withholding Exemption Certificate
  • Form I-9: Employment Eligibility Verification (identification must be presented - for acceptable documents visit
  • Paycheck Direct Deposit Authorization Form

How do I find a work-study job?

When you accept Federal Work-Study, it is your responsibility to secure employment. Allwork-study jobs are posted on College Central, a comprehensive job board which also has internships, freelance, and permanent employment opportunities. Visit the Career Center for assistance with:

  • Obtaining your unique access ID for College Central
  • Logging on to College Central
  • Or help in finding a position

What is the next step?

Contact the supervisor on the job posting to arrange for an interview. If the supervisor intends to hire you, he/she will initiate the FWS verification process (this process determines whether or not you may begin working using FWS funds) via an online "Intent to Hire" form in College Central. Afterward, your employment will be verified by the Career Center/Payroll/OFA before you begin working. You will be notified via email of each step completed during the verification process. Each academic year a new electronic FWS Agreement must be completed and on file for each job you work.

I had a federal work-study award last rear. Do I have it again this year?

Not automatically. Remember, you must apply every year for Financial Aid to be eligible to receive an award. Check with the Career Center or the Office of Financial Aid (OFA) to make sure it is part of your Financial Aid package for the current academic year. Once confirmed, you must contact the supervisor for the purpose of him/her initiating the FWS verification process..

Payment for hours worked will not be paid from the FWS fund, prior to the completion of the FWS verification process..

Can I continue to work in the summer using my federal work-study funds?

The financial aid award year begins on July 1 of each year and ends on June 30 of each year. If you have not earned your entire FWS award during the academic year, you may continue to work at your job or obtain another job until June 30 of that academic year. Beginning July 1, only students who have been awarded and accepted FWS for the upcoming academic year are eligible to work for the summer. Additionally, on July 1, you must be re-hired to continue working for the remainder of the summer. You must also complete the FWS verification process via College Central prior to working.

NOTE: It is your responsibility to monitor your earnings so as not to exceed your allotted award. Accumulated hours worked during the summer will affect your available funds to earn for the next academic year.

Payment for hours worked will not be paid from the FWS fund if you have exhausted your award amount for the academic year.

Please contact the Career Center or the Office of Financial Aid with any additional questions.

For more information:

Caprice Odom
Financial Aid Counselor
216.421.8024 | Contact

- OR -

Danielle Rueger
Career Center Specialist
216.421.8072 | Contact

Location + Hours 

Caprice: Suite 122F, 11610 Euclid Avenue
Danielle: Room 120, 11610 Euclid Avenue  

Mon–Fri, 8:30am–4:30pm 

Drop-ins welcomed, appointments preferred

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