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Federal Work-Study Program

The Federal Work-Study (FWS) Program provides an excellent opportunity for students to earn money from part-time employment to help pay for their National Louis University education. Work-study students are paid an hourly wage.  Jobs are located both on-campus or with an approved off-campus community organization.  Work-study is a need-based form of financial aid, and eligibility is determined by the information the student provides on their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).


We are able to match work-study students with jobs related to their field of interest, in most cases.  Here are some of the benefits of work-study at NLU:

  • Competitive pay rates.  Earn between $11 and $13 per hour!
    Peer Tutor or Community Service Tutors earn up to $14.00 per hour
  • Convenient locations on and off campus
    Many positions available at our Chicago, Wheeling, North Shore, and Lisle locations
  • Development of marketable skills
  • Flexible work schedules to accommodate student class schedules
  • Get hands-on work experience to enhance your professional resume
  • Opportunity to work during the summer, even if you are not registered for summer classes

Learn While You Earn!


A student must:

  • Demonstrate financial need via the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  • Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy .
  • Be a U.S. citizen or an eligible noncitizen.
  • Have a valid Social Security number (with the exception of students from the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, or the Republic of Palau).
  • Be registered with Selective Service, if you’re a male (you must register between the ages of 18 and 25).
  • Be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a regular student in an eligible degree or certificate program.
  • Be enrolled at least half-time to be eligible for Direct Loan Program funds.
  • Not have certain drug convictions. Further information is available online at
  • Not be receiving aid at another college or university simultaneously.
  • Sign the certification statement on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) stating that:
    • you are not in default on a federal student loan and do not owe money on a federal student grant and
    • you will use federal student aid only for educational purposes; and
  • Show you’re qualified to obtain a college or career school education by
    • having a high school diploma or a recognized equivalent such as a General Educational Development (GED) certificate;
    • completing a high school education in a homeschool setting approved under state law (or—if state law does not require a homeschooled student to obtain a completion credential—completing a high school education in a homeschool setting that qualifies as an exemption from compulsory attendance requirements under state law); or
    • enrolling in an eligible career pathway program and meeting one of the "ability-to-benefit" alternatives described below.

 Additional information regarding eligibility criteria is online at

Applying for a Federal Work-study (FWS) Job

 Getting Started After Hired


FWS Community Service Partnerships (CSP) With Not-For-Profit Agencies

Interested in partnering with NLU to offer Federal Work-Study positions at your location? 
Learn more about this exciting win-win partnership! 

You provide the job and training, and we handle the payroll and provide the funding!


NLU Departmental Hiring of FWS Students

  • If you are an NLU department that would like to hire or re-hire a Student Employee, please complete the Authorization to Employ (ATE) request at

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