Work Study Federal Work Study To participate in the FWS Program, students: Must be employed at a designated campus, off-campus, or community service site to earn the FWS award. Can work a maximum of twenty hours per week during the fall and spring semesters. Must show financial need to receive this type of aid. Earning cannot exceed the FWS award amount. Student must be degree seeking. The amount of pay varies but will be at least the minimum wage.