Federal Work-Study (FWS)

The Federal Work-Study Program (FWS) is a federally funded financial aid program offered to students who demonstrate financial need. FWS awards are determined by the Financial Assistance Office. To qualify for FWS, you must apply for Financial Aid by filing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and be offered FWS as part of your Financial Assistance Award.

Theatre Student Employees

To find out if you are eligible to participate in the Federal Work-Study Program at Pepperdine, please visit the Office of Financial Assistance in Thornton Administration Center on the second floor or call (310) 506-4301. You can also visit the Office of Financial Assistance website for more information.


Frequently Asked Questions

How do FWS awards work?

Through the Federal Work-study program the student may earn up to the amount of his/her award by working for an on-campus FWS job or an approved off-campus community service partner. Wages are paid in part by the federal government and in part by Pepperdine. Current pay rates vary, starting at minimum wage. Wages are paid bi-weekly following the University's payroll schedule.

IMPORTANT: Students with FWS awards are not guaranteed employment on-campus. Every student is given the same, equal opportunity to apply for jobs they are eligible for, regardless of their financial awards.

What jobs can I get if I have a FWS award?

FWS positions offer the opportunity to work on-campus in various academic, administrative, and recreation-oriented offices, as well as opportunities to work off-campus with our community service partners. The Student Employment Office partners with the following local nonprofits who are our off-campus community service partners:

Jumpstart

Jumpstart Logo

The Jumpstart program is working toward the day when every child in America will enter kindergarten prepared to succeed. Pepperdine houses one of the largest Jumpstart Corps in the nation, composed of nearly one hundred students each year.

Participants of the program serve early childhood learning centers, developing relationships with preschool children, their family members, and teachers. Students are placed on a Jumpstart team and commit to serve three hundred hours over the course of an academic year. Together, these students implement curriculum, plan family involvement events, and serve at the learning centers. Participants earn their full work-study award and receive an additional education award from AmeriCorps.

The Boys and Girls Club of Malibu

Boys and Girls Club of Malibu
Job Title: Virtual Tutors

Brief Job Description:

Tutors will be expected to be online for at least two hours a week to assist any Malibu students who require homework help. Students range from Kindergarten to 12th Grade. Zoom meetings will be split into Elementary (TK-5) and Teen Center (6-12). This service is available to any member of the Malibu community who requires help with their school work.

Tutors will be online during the scheduled times to provide academic support to any student who signs in. Tutors will be assigned a student or small group of students, to provide one-on-one support in a variety of subject areas.

A Virtual Tutor should be enthusiastic about making a difference in lives of Malibu teens! We are seeking a team player who is energetic, fun-loving, active, and has a positive attitude.

Please visit the Handshake Job Postings website to see what jobs are available through the FWS Program. Visit the How to Find Jobs On-Campus for more details.

Emily Shane Foundation

Emily Shane Foundation
Job Title: Mentor/Tutor

Brief Job Description:

Provide online support to failing/struggling middle school students in the mainstream classroom. Our nonprofit charity's SEA (Successful Educational Achievement) Program only serves those how could not afford this support and truly need it to succeed in school. You will be trained prior to commencing. Your focus will be on organization skills, study skills, and most of all, intensive help with the subject areas where the student is performing poorly. The goal is to help the student achieve academic improvement and to acquire the skills needed to be a successful student.

Qualifications:
Excellent grasp of middle school subject material
Ability to work effectively with younger students who learn differently and who may be below grade level in one or more subjects.
A mentor/tutor for SEA, must be kind, empathic and want to make a difference in their student's life.

Please visit the Handshake Job Postings website to see what jobs are available through the FWS Program. Visit the How to Find Jobs On-Campus for more details.

Getty Villa

Getty Villa

Job Title: School Program Aide

Due to COVID restrictions, work with the Getty Villa is currently on hold for the 2020/2021 academic year. We hope to resume this program in 2021/2022.

2019 Brief Job Description:

The J. Paul Getty Museum's K-12 single visit (field trip) program is the largest of any U.S. art museum in the number of students who receive a guided tour. This program serves over 160,000 K-12 students annually at the J. Paul Getty Museum's two locations – the Getty Center and the Getty Villa.

The Museum's Education department at the Getty Villa is looking for work study students to assist with the K-12 single visit program for the upcoming school cycle commencing fall 2019. Shifts are from: 9:30 am-12:30 pm, Monday through Friday. Work study students may work some or all of these shifts, up to 15 hours/ week. No weekend work is required. Three work study students are needed per shift, and there are up to nine positions available.

Please visit the Handshake Job Postings website to see what jobs are available through the FWS Program. Visit the How to Find Jobs On-Campus for more details.

Law Office of the Los Angeles County Public Defender

Law Office of the Los Angeles Public Defender

Brief Job Description:

Interns assist the office in many ways, such as collecting information from clients, organizing files, assisting with technology, and numerous other tasks. The program enables the Intern to become exposed to the inner-workings of the largest Public Defender's Office in the country. 

The opportunity is available to current Pepperdine Caruso School of Law students who qualify for a Federal Work Study award.  For more information, please reach out to lawfinaid@pepperdine.edu.

Harriett Buhai Center for Family Law

Harriett Buhai Center for Family Law

The opportunity is available to current Pepperdine Caruso School of Law students who qualify for a Federal Work Study award. For more information, please reach out to lawfinaid@pepperdine.edu.

Step Up Tutoring

Step Up Tutoring

Job Title:
Virtual Tutors

Job Description:

Virtual Tutor
Tutor will be assigned to a student from Los Angeles Unified School District. Step Up tutors will tutor and mentor youth enrolled in 4th, 5th or 6th grades in the subjects of Math and English. Tutors help students improve academically and give them a chance to connect and socialize during the COVID-19 pandemic, a very lonely and uncertain time in children's lives. Minimum expectation is 2 hours a week for at least 3 months.

Tutors will be assigned at least one student to provide 2 hours a week of one-on-one support in both Math and English. Tutors must be located in California to complete a required fingerprinting background check (Live Scan). The Live Scan cost will be offset by a maximum of $50. Tutors will need to pay for the Live Scan expenses and will then be reimbursed by a maximum of $50. Tutors will also be compensated by Pepperdine for up to 2 hours for the time taken to complete Live Scan.

A Virtual Tutor should be enthusiastic about making a difference in the lives of LAUSD students!

Please visit the Handshake Job Postings website to see what jobs are available through the FWS Program. Visit the How to Find Jobs On-Campus for more details.

Can a student earn more than the maximum amount that is awarded to them?

Students cannot exceed the maximum FWS that was given to them. However, some departments will retain students with departmental pay based on workload and availability of funds. We encourage students to find other available jobs to earn more money, such as an off-campus job or an on-campus job that pays departmentally. There are also on-campus positions that are not paid by Pepperdine, such as a job with Sodexo Dining Services, eFollett and/or the Pepperdine Book Store.

Can a student work more than one job on-campus?

Yes, students can work more than one position on-campus. IMPORTANT: students cannot work more than 20 hours per week during the school year and no more than 29 hours per week when classes are not in session. For example, during the school year a student can work 5 hours a week in the Payson Library, 10 hours a week with Athletics Office, and 5 hours a week in the Weisman Museum (which is a total of 20 hours a week.)