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Federal Work-Study Program

The Federal Work-Study (FWS or Work-Study) program is a federally funded program that provides funds for employment opportunities to assist students with the cost of higher education. First enacted by the Economic Opportunity Act (EOA) of 1964 and then expanded in the Higher Education Act of 1965, the FWS program’s stated purpose consists of two parts: (1) to promote employment among students with financial need and (2) to encourage students to participate in community service activities in order to help others and to develop a sense of social responsibility (42 U.S.C. §§ 2751–2757). According to the National Postsecondary Student Aid Study, there were approximately 1.4 million FWS recipients out of 26 million enrolled undergraduate students (5.3%) in the 2011–2012 academic year—accounting for a total of ...

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