Federal Work-Study (FWS) jobs are in plentiful supply at Georgetown Law and may be a good way to offset some of your borrowing needs. FWS is part of your overall financial aid award and the amount you're eligible to earn through the program is designed to contribute to your academic expenses. A portion of FWS wages are paid through federal funds allowing on-campus employers to hire students for positions that otherwise wouldn't be funded.
Returning students may request FWS funds on their Georgetown Law Financial Aid application or by signing-up at our office once the academic year has begun. Entering students may request FWS funds when they accept their award packages. During the first year, students are allowed to work up to 10 hours per week. As part of the financial aid award package, FWS funds decrease eligibility for other aid (usually Grad PLUS loans), dollar-for-dollar.
If you've been awarded FWS funds, you will receive a FWS Authorization Form via e-mail around the time Fall semester begins. Hiring for first-year students doesn't begin until the week of orientation, so everyone can have a fair shot at the available jobs. Job announcements are posted in the Law Center's weekly "What's Happening" newsletter, or you can look for jobs by inquiring at a department that you think may be hiring. It may come as no surprise to you that the largest employer is the library. There are some administrative offices, such as Career Services and Public Safety, that also hire first-year students.
Unlike other types of financial aid, FWS funds are paid to students bi-weekly for hours worked. Therefore, eligible students who participate in the FWS program typically use these funds to help cover day-to-day living expenses, not big-ticket expenses like tuition or rent.