Applying for Federal Work Study

Federal Work Study (FWS) is awarded to students based on financial need. Although a student may be offered a FWS award, this is not a guarantee that the student will be hired nor is it a guarantee that the student will earn the amount of the award. Students must interview and be selected for a position, and wages are earned at the rate of $10 per hour.

FWS positions are available in the Cranbrook Art Museum and in a number of departments within Cranbrook Academy of Art including: Central Media Lab; Woodshop; Library; Administration Office; Public Relations; Advancement.

Cranbrook Academy of Art is required to employ students in early childhood literacy positions. These positions generally involve tutoring young children in area schools or after-school programs. Students interested in a FWS early childhood literacy position are encouraged to discuss their interest with Leslie Tobakos, Registrar, Financial Aid & Admissions Manager.

Applying for a FWS position involves several steps:

  • Indicate your interest in working in a FWS position by completing the FWS Pre-Application that is provided to all incoming students who have received a FWS award. It will also be available on the Forms page of this website during the summer months.
  • Complete the Cranbrook Educational Community (CEC) employment application that will be sent to you when your FWS Pre-Application is returned to the Financial Aid Office.
  • Each application will be reviewed by CEC’s Human Resources staff; background checks will be conducted.
  • Applicants who pass screening by Human Resources will be allowed to interview for FWS positions at the FWS Hiring Fair on the first day of the fall semester.
  • Applicants who interview and are hired for a FWS position must attend an Employee Orientation at which CEC’s Human Resources staff will assist students in completing the hiring process (including mandatory fingerprinting).

Students with a FWS award who do not begin working in a FWS job at the start of their first year are welcome to begin working at any time during their first or second year. Contact Leslie Tobakos, Registrar, Financial Aid & Admissions Manager, if you decide you would like to work after the start of your first semester on campus.