Federal Work-Study Program

Looking to work while you learn?

Explore the Federal Work-Study options at Iowa Lakes today!

Our Work-Study Program allows student to earn money while enrolled at Iowa Lakes to help with educational expenses.

What is the Federal Work-Study Program?

The Federal Work-Study Program (FWS) provides part-time jobs for students with financial need to earn money to help pay education expenses.  The program encourages community service work related to your course of study.

Who Is Eligible for Federal Work Study?

Student eligibility for employment under the Federal Work-Study Program is based on financial need as determined by the Free Application for Federal Assistance (FAFSA).

View Available Positions

Iowa Lakes' students are encouraged to begin their job search, arrange interviews and apply for work-study positions during the first two to three weeks of the semester. 

Please note that funding for the Federal Work -Study Program is limited, and not all students who are eligible can be placed in the program. 

Interviews & Hiring

Students will be interviewed by their immediate supervisor. Federal Work-Study eligible students receive preference in hiring.

Getting Paid

  • Pay rates and job descriptions for Federal Work-Study funded positions are available in the Financial Aid Office. 
  • Once hired, students will complete a timesheet and are paid on a monthly basis. 

Current Available Work-Study Positions

Interested in Work-Study?

Get Started today!

Once you have decided that you would like to be a part of the Work-Study program at Iowa Lakes, simply follow the steps below:

Determine Work-Study Eligibility
Simply contact the Financial Aid Office which questions regarding Work-Study eligibility. Students should follow the steps outline below or visit the Financial Aid Office to complete an application and to pick-up any required forms. 

How to Get Started

  1. Complete a Work-Study Application. This is available in the Financial Aid Office. 
  2. Complete an Iowa W-4 Formopens PDF file
  3. Complete a Federal I-9 Form opens PDF file


Dianne Hough
Dianne Hough
Financial Aid Office Associate
712-852-5267 Ext: 5267 | dhough@iowalakes.educreate new email
Emmetsburg Campus
Regina Marquez
Regina Marquez
Financial Aid Associate
712-852-5276 Ext: 5276 | rmarquez@iowalakes.educreate new email
Emmetsburg Campus
Stephen Pelzer
Stephen Pelzer
Director of Financial Aid
712-362-7917 Ext: 7917 | spelzer@iowalakes.educreate new email
Estherville Campus
Deb Weston
Deb Weston
Financial Aid Office Associate
712-362-7920 Ext: 7920 | dweston@iowalakes.educreate new email
Estherville Campus