Student Employment & Work Study

Federal Work-Study (FWS) is a financial aid program funded jointly by the U.S. Federal Government and a pre-approved employer. The program was created to allow students to earn wages during college while working for non-profit, educational institutions, government, and community service employers. At Castleton, an approved employer is either an office or department on campus or an off-campus nonprofit agency approved by Castleton University. Final funding for the academic year is based on Congressional appropriations.

Castleton does not place students in Federal Work-Study positions, allowing students the opportunity to find a job that is of interest to them and that fits into their schedule. These earnings are not applied to the student’s account. Students receive a biweekly paycheck for hours worked. Overtime is not authorized for federal work-study student employees and any overtime worked will be at the individual department's expense. We do not guarantee employment, so students should apply as soon as they arrive on campus. There is a job fair at the beginning of the fall semester.

Students are able to apply for a work-study job and begin working upon being hired if:

  1. They are eligible for Federal Work-Study (Can be viewed on the Portal)
  2. The financial aid file is complete (Complete is when all required information has been received, reviewed and processed)
  3. They have registered for classes