Although it is said many times and in many places, a recap of the student loan debt situation in the United States is a necessary whenever talking about financial aid of any kind. So, let’s get it out of the way.

According to The Student Loan Report’s research, the nation currently owes a collective $1.41 trillion in student debt which is shared by 44 million borrowers, accounting for about 70 percent of college students. Furthermore, the average student borrower owes almost $28,000 while the default rate is pushing 11 percent.

Easily enough, student debt is a problem. There have been plenty of programs aimed at combatting that problem. For instance, the Income-Driven Repayment program sets aside a portion of a borrower’s income during repayment, and others such as the Pell Grant program try providing alternatives to student loans

Perhaps one of the more under appreciated alternatives is the Federal Work-Study (FWS) program.

The Federal Work-Study program is a government-funded program that compensates students for part-time work at a university, educational institution, or college.

The benefits of such a program are obvious. Participants gain experience in a certain field while being able to cover some college expenses. In theory, this would lead to a more experienced graduate who has a better time finding a job, and this graduate would also pickup less student debt along the way to graduation. Both of these outcomes leave a graduate in a better position to pay off his or her debt.

With that in mind, it is clear how powerful the FWS program can be. Colleges who participate in the study offer its students more opportunities in terms of federal benefit programs. This program isn’t just a handout either; participating students need to work to earn their pay, leading to valuable lessons and workforce development.

With all that in mind, The Student Loan Report decided to do a little digging into the program. We wanted to highlight the colleges that foster the Federal Work-Study program as well as the colleges that dish out the most aid per FWS participant. So, we did just that.

Feel free to scroll down to view which private and public colleges offer the most aid and to read a few key findings from the report.

​Key Findings

- Participating public schools offered an average of $2,126 per worker. (3.50% more than private schools)

- Participating private schools offered an average of $2,054 per worker.

-​ In total, there were reportedly 351,085 jobs provided through the Federal Work-Study program.

- Private schools accounted for 58.9% of these jobs; public schools covered the remainder.​

- In total, a reported $732 billion of Federal Work-Study aid was paid out last year.

Top Private Colleges - Average Federal Work-Study Aid per Worker 

RankCollege/UniversityStateNumber of JobsAvg Compensation per Worker
1 Nova Southeastern University FL 1,198 6,462
2 University of San Francisco CA 941 4,890
3 Saint Leo University FL 334 4,313
4 Seattle University WA 484 3,893
5 Dordt College IA 409 3,686
6 DePaul University IL 579 3,499
7 Niagara University NY 424 3,380
8 Saint John's University MN 205 3,345
9 Morehouse College GA 201 3,334
10 California Institute of Technology CA 267 3,207
11 University of Puget Sound WA 528 3,092
12 Southern New Hampshire University NH 1,258 3,033
13 Hofstra University NY 1,749 3,009
14 University of St. Thomas MN 860 2,971
15 Santa Clara University CA 306 2,965
16 Baylor University TX 5,154 2,930
17 University of Denver CO 398 2,929
18 Hampshire College MA 575 2,900
19 Tulane University LA 1,084 2,892
20 Georgetown University DC 2,520 2,866
21 Kenyon College OH 213 2,861
22 Hawai`i Pacific University HI 455 2,834
23 Villanova University PA 2,149 2,818
24 Loyola University Chicago IL 5,014 2,780
25 Webster University MO 1,214 2,760
26 College of Saint Benedict MN 344 2,751
27 Occidental College CA 800 2,713
28 Brandeis University MA 291 2,707
29 Chapman University CA 2,964 2,700
30 Daemen College NY 713 2,697
31 Mills College CA 318 2,667
32 Case Western Reserve University OH 1,504 2,629
33 The University of Tulsa OK 275 2,612
34 Tuskegee University AL 625 2,610
35 Marist College NY 1,414 2,598
36 The College of New Rochelle NY 400 2,598
37 Coe College IA 584 2,565
38 Carleton College MN 377 2,556
39 Syracuse University NY 6,149 2,554
40 University of La Verne CA 281 2,530
41 Vassar College NY 1,057 2,521
42 Wesleyan University CT 1,008 2,513
43 University of Detroit Mercy MI 397 2,500
44 California Lutheran University CA 261 2,500
45 Bethune-Cookman University FL 200 2,500
46 Brown University RI 1,646 2,489
47 Allegheny College PA 948 2,470
48 Stetson University FL 558 2,459
49 Lewis & Clark College OR 935 2,443
50 Loras College IA 507 2,422
51 Massachusetts Institute of Technology MA 734 2,417
52 Moravian College PA 1,200 2,400
53 Elon University NC 1,239 2,397
54 Suffolk University MA 925 2,396
55 Seattle Pacific University WA 425 2,396
56 Vanderbilt University TN 1,466 2,383
57 Emory University GA 1,238 2,378
58 Cedarville University OH 276 2,369
59 Augustana College IL 1,281 2,364
60 Stanford University CA 558 2,360
61 Lindenwood University MO 311 2,358
62 Whitworth University WA 844 2,351
63 Simmons College MA 841 2,345
64 William Jewell College MO 408 2,341
65 Cornell University NY 4,970 2,321
66 Curry College MA 932 2,320
67 Alice Lloyd College KY 418 2,320
68 Lipscomb University TN 239 2,320
69 St. John's University NY 816 2,309
70 Florida Institute of Technology FL 634 2,294
71 Boston University MA 2,880 2,277
72 Colgate University NY 572 2,272
73 Dickinson College PA 964 2,271
74 Berry College GA 358 2,270
75 Hamline University MN 323 2,261
76 Washington University in St. Louis MO 1,211 2,259
77 Westminster College UT 662 2,253
78 Bluffton University OH 520 2,247
79 Carroll University WI 346 2,247
80 The Culinary Institute of America NY 1,045 2,238
81 Chatham University PA 220 2,200
82 George Fox University OR 1,364 2,198
83 Dartmouth College NH 1,232 2,196
84 California Institute of the Arts CA 280 2,188
85 Creighton University NE 807 2,179
86 Long Island University–LIU Brooklyn NY 437 2,168
87 Cardinal Stritch University WI 380 2,168
88 St. Olaf College MN 440 2,161
89 Lindsey Wilson College KY 252 2,158
90 The College of Wooster OH 820 2,134
91 Messiah College PA 851 2,131
92 St. Mary's University TX 436 2,127
93 Mount Holyoke College MA 773 2,115
94 University of San Diego CA 514 2,098
95 Luther College IA 832 2,086
96 Texas Christian University TX 1,244 2,076
97 Nazareth College of Rochester NY 1,054 2,070
98 Quinnipiac University CT 1,448 2,053
99 Emmanuel College MA 516 2,047
100 Monmouth University NJ 1,032 2,040
101 Grinnell College IA 551 2,032
102 Long Island University–LIU Post NY 489 2,029
103 Hartwick College NY 890 2,000
104 Eckerd College FL 767 2,000
105 Drew University NJ 710 2,000
106 Heidelberg University OH 703 2,000
107 Clarke University IA 428 2,000
108 The University of Tampa FL 308 2,000
109 Anderson University SC 261 2,000
110 Washington and Lee University VA 222 2,000
111 Hood College MD 205 2,000
112 Alverno College WI 444 1,998
113 DeSales University PA 468 1,996
114 Edgewood College WI 546 1,992
115 Warner Pacific College OR 319 1,985
116 Western New England University MA 1,075 1,983
117 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute NY 795 1,983
118 Emerson College MA 383 1,980
119 Upper Iowa University IA 218 1,975
120 St. Edward's University TX 233 1,974
121 Duke University NC 1,739 1,972
122 Samford University AL 433 1,964
123 Aurora University IL 1,890 1,960
124 Widener University PA 1,565 1,960
125 Bradley University IL 290 1,953
126 Swarthmore College PA 765 1,949
127 Houston Baptist University TX 1,029 1,944
128 Marymount University VA 574 1,940
129 The Colorado College CO 333 1,930
130 Drake University IA 1,478 1,917
131 Marywood University PA 584 1,917
132 The Catholic University of America DC 407 1,914
133 New England College NH 357 1,913
134 Hendrix College AR 579 1,911
135 Marietta College OH 605 1,909
136 University of Pikeville KY 210 1,907
137 Bowdoin College ME 542 1,899
138 Tufts University MA 1,432 1,894
139 Lehigh University PA 1,107 1,893
140 Houghton College NY 477 1,861
141 Loyola Marymount University CA 1,426 1,848
142 Austin College TX 345 1,844
143 Southwest Baptist University MO 341 1,842
144 Hamilton College NY 563 1,837
145 Hobart and William Smith Colleges NY 834 1,836
146 Springfield College MA 1,399 1,830
147 Augustana University SD 327 1,815
148 La Salle University PA 394 1,807
149 Westmont College CA 349 1,806
150 Bentley University MA 761 1,794
151 Saint Louis University MO 623 1,794
152 Canisius College NY 379 1,793
153 McKendree University IL 881 1,785
154 Bates College ME 446 1,750
155 Saint Michael's College VT 250 1,750
156 Clark Atlanta University GA 201 1,740
157 New England Conservatory of Music MA 212 1,732
158 Regis University CO 366 1,726
159 Adelphi University NY 378 1,719
160 Lubbock Christian University TX 642 1,716
161 Bennington College VT 310 1,713
162 Missouri Baptist University MO 553 1,711
163 Asbury University KY 326 1,711
164 Biola University CA 340 1,682
165 Westminster College PA 292 1,671
166 Centre College KY 334 1,665
167 Alfred University NY 1,003 1,663
168 Sarah Lawrence College NY 604 1,663
169 Transylvania University KY 310 1,656
170 Northland College WI 266 1,649
171 Wheaton College MA 656 1,648
172 Lee University TN 240 1,643
173 Judson University IL 271 1,610
174 Bard College NY 890 1,606
175 Sewanee: The University of the South TN 426 1,602
176 Loyola University New Orleans LA 692 1,600
177 Husson University ME 425 1,600
178 Alvernia University PA 981 1,592
179 St. Lawrence University NY 811 1,579
180 Washington & Jefferson College PA 594 1,568
181 Cornell College IA 355 1,558
182 Mount Mercy University IA 254 1,552
183 Calvin College MI 1,079 1,550
184 King's College PA 313 1,542
185 Furman University SC 598 1,530
186 Manhattanville College NY 507 1,530
187 Dominican University of California CA 223 1,516
188 Otterbein University OH 868 1,511
189 MacMurray College IL 313 1,510
190 Seton Hill University PA 602 1,500
191 Bucknell University PA 600 1,500
192 Waynesburg University PA 600 1,500
193 Alma College MI 592 1,500
194 High Point University NC 281 1,500
195 Campbellsville University KY 265 1,500
196 Belhaven University MS 215 1,500
197 Amherst College MA 834 1,482
198 Iona College NY 352 1,482
199 Lebanon Valley College PA 986 1,475
200 Saint Anselm College NH 1,030 1,474
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Top Public Colleges - Average Federal Work-Study Aid per Worker  

RankCollege/UniversityStateNumber of JobsAvg Compensation per Worker
1 Wright State University OH 757 4,371.00
2 Minnesota State University Mankato MN 373 4,316.00
3 University of Utah UT 320 4,194.00
4 University of Washington WA 540 4,146.00
5 University of Missouri–Kansas City MO 632 4,144.00
6 California State University, San Bernardino CA 326 4,073.00
7 Texas Southern University TX 200 4,000.00
8 University of Houston TX 858 3,909.00
9 East Carolina University NC 414 3,829.00
10 University of Colorado Denver CO 382 3,614.00
11 Utah State University UT 465 3,567.00
12 University of Central Florida FL 719 3,529.00
13 Western Washington University WA 238 3,510.00
14 Cleveland State University OH 233 3,448.00
15 University of Louisville KY 398 3,356.00
16 Clemson University SC 1,177 3,337.00
17 Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania PA 907 3,251.00
18 University of South Florida FL 773 3,213.00
19 Kent State University OH 329 3,191.00
20 Penn State University Park PA 994 3,144.00
21 Lamar University TX 230 3,140.00
22 Mississippi State University MS 832 3,126.00
23 Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi TX 303 3,121.00
24 The University of Texas at El Paso TX 400 3,113.00
25 University of Cincinnati OH 1,335 3,045.00
26 Oregon State University OR 1,164 2,983.00
27 Texas State University TX 443 2,958.00
28 The Ohio State University OH 1,926 2,908.00
29 The University of Texas at San Antonio TX 366 2,877.00
30 Texas A&M University TX 755 2,807.00
31 Prairie View A&M University TX 453 2,796.00
32 University of Nebraska–Lincoln NE 1,342 2,787.00
33 University of Arkansas AR 1,020 2,778.00
34 Indiana University of Pennsylvania PA 1,534 2,763.00
35 University of Colorado Colorado Springs CO 205 2,758.00
36 The University of Alabama AL 618 2,725.00
37 University of Oklahoma OK 627 2,723.00
38 New Mexico State University NM 308 2,652.00
39 University of California, Santa Cruz CA 1,086 2,649.00
40 Northern Illinois University IL 6,183 2,644.00
41 The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley TX 749 2,640.00
42 Arizona State University at the Downtown Phoenix campus AZ 396 2,613.00
43 The University of Akron OH 424 2,608.00
44 Kutztown University of Pennsylvania PA 447 2,587.00
45 The University of Tennessee at Martin TN 324 2,566.00
46 State University of New York at Plattsburgh NY 385 2,556.00
47 Grand Valley State University MI 1,302 2,526.00
48 Texas Tech University TX 328 2,513.00
49 Northern State University SD 334 2,504.00
50 The University of Tennessee TN 772 2,502.00
51 University of Illinois at Chicago IL 883 2,500.00
52 Ball State University IN 748 2,500.00
53 University of New Hampshire NH 5,807 2,491.00
54 The University of Iowa IA 1,068 2,479.00
55 University of Florida FL 1,027 2,478.00
56 California State Polytechnic University, Pomona CA 393 2,477.00
57 Kean University NJ 252 2,455.00
58 Radford University VA 377 2,432.00
59 University of Georgia GA 382 2,410.00
60 Arizona State University at the Tempe campus AZ 1,279 2,402.00
61 Eastern Kentucky University KY 1,200 2,400.00
62 Florida State University FL 780 2,400.00
63 Old Dominion University VA 200 2,400.00
64 The University of North Carolina at Charlotte NC 920 2,399.00
65 Ferris State University MI 410 2,391.00
66 Morehead State University KY 374 2,381.00
67 Jackson State University MS 1,184 2,341.00
68 Middle Tennessee State University TN 249 2,339.00
69 The University of Kansas KS 652 2,326.00
70 University of Hawaii at Manoa HI 553 2,317.00
71 Keene State College NH 1,375 2,304.00
72 Wayne State University MI 559 2,259.00
73 Plymouth State University NH 1,960 2,257.00
74 Florida Atlantic University FL 226 2,230.00
75 Purdue University IN 1,772 2,229.00
76 Sonoma State University CA 212 2,214.00
77 San Diego State University CA 660 2,200.00
78 The College at Brockport, State University of New York NY 488 2,166.00
79 George Mason University VA 499 2,162.00
80 University of California, Los Angeles CA 2,828 2,158.00
81 University of Maine ME 1,038 2,152.00
82 Boise State University ID 256 2,126.00
83 Oklahoma State University OK 397 2,112.00
84 Rutgers University–New Brunswick NJ 2,495 2,111.00
85 Morgan State University MD 299 2,102.00
86 Western Kentucky University KY 583 2,050.00
87 Humboldt State University CA 309 2,040.00
88 Illinois State University IL 307 2,034.00
89 Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College LA 786 2,000.00
90 Virginia State University VA 300 2,000.00
91 University of Wyoming WY 289 1,972.00
92 Stony Brook University, State University of New York NY 391 1,967.00
93 Rutgers University–Newark NJ 610 1,917.00
94 Stockton University NJ 230 1,908.00
95 Alabama State University AL 570 1,896.00
96 Longwood University VA 384 1,896.00
97 University of Wisconsin–Green Bay WI 289 1,893.00
98 Northern Michigan University MI 522 1,852.00
99 Georgia Institute of Technology GA 395 1,831.00
100 Michigan State University MI 1,690 1,825.00
101 Georgia Southern University GA 219 1,814.00
102 Colorado School of Mines CO 395 1,787.00
103 State University of New York at Fredonia NY 201 1,778.00
104 Central Michigan University MI 974 1,776.00
105 University of Colorado Boulder CO 797 1,768.00
106 University of Oregon OR 2,420 1,765.00
107 Louisiana Tech University LA 297 1,753.00
108 Towson University MD 603 1,752.00
109 Southern Arkansas University–Magnolia AR 529 1,749.00
110 Virginia Commonwealth University VA 772 1,714.00
111 Ohio University OH 724 1,684.00
112 University of Wisconsin–La Crosse WI 472 1,679.00
113 University of Kentucky KY 205 1,651.00
114 North Carolina State University NC 876 1,645.00
115 The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill NC 1,991 1,631.00
116 Eastern Michigan University MI 615 1,626.00
117 Bemidji State University MN 278 1,624.00
118 Truman State University MO 423 1,619.00
119 University of Vermont VT 1,415 1,600.00
120 University of Wisconsin–Stout WI 1,399 1,592.00
121 Murray State University KY 343 1,584.00
122 Southeast Missouri State University MO 217 1,583.00
123 Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania PA 554 1,572.00
124 West Chester University of Pennsylvania PA 286 1,571.00
125 University of Michigan MI 2,451 1,550.00
126 University of California, Riverside CA 3,196 1,540.00
127 State University of New York College at Geneseo NY 430 1,517.00
128 University of Northern Iowa IA 452 1,507.00
129 West Virginia University WV 1,142 1,505.00
130 Central Connecticut State University CT 269 1,500.00
131 Worcester State University MA 200 1,500.00
132 Missouri Western State University MO 311 1,495.00
133 Michigan Technological University MI 227 1,477.00
134 Rowan University NJ 465 1,467.00
135 Westfield State University MA 333 1,461.00
136 Binghamton University, State University of New York NY 296 1,444.00
137 Temple University PA 1,377 1,438.00
138 University at Albany, State University of New York NY 610 1,434.00
139 University of West Florida FL 258 1,418.00
140 Delta State University MS 268 1,408.00
141 New Jersey Institute of Technology NJ 278 1,405.00
142 University of Minnesota, Duluth MN 365 1,380.00
143 University of Mississippi MS 397 1,378.00
144 University of Louisiana at Monroe LA 605 1,373.00
145 Bridgewater State University MA 406 1,371.00
146 University of Minnesota, Morris MN 307 1,317.00
147 University of Massachusetts Dartmouth MA 933 1,300.00
148 University of Wisconsin–Whitewater WI 542 1,296.00
149 Montclair State University NJ 475 1,275.00
150 California State University, Fullerton CA 387 1,273.00


Methodology

Using licensed data from Peterson’s Financial Aid dataset, The Student Loan Report was able to pull all relevant statistics used in this Federal Work-Study report.

These statistics and figures all pertain to the academic year of 2015 – 2016 (the Class of 2016); additionally, the numbers from Peterson’s dataset are all self-reported by the colleges themselves. Out of 1,277 4-year program, non-profit colleges and universities in the dataset, 730 schools reported Federal Work-Study aid and job figures. 350 of those schools are included in this report; 200 schools are reported as private while 150 are public.

Throughout the report, the following pieces of information were used from each college: the school name, state of residence, private or public status, the number of Federal Work-Study jobs, the average dollar compensation per Federal Work-Study job.

The analysis done for this report is straightforward.

Before establishing rankings, all colleges with less than 200 FWS jobs were excluded from the ranking tables. When establishing the rankings, a simple Excel ranking equation was used to sort each college’s average dollar compensation per FWS job in descending order. This was done for a list of public and a list of private colleges, respectively.

For the key findings of the report, the overall list of colleges was used, and schools with fewer than 200 jobs were incorporated in the findings. Average public and private FWS aid findings were formulated using a weighted average equation in excel, and they were weighted by number of jobs at a given school. The total overall compensation was found by multiplying the weighted average FWS aid by the total number of FWS jobs. The total number of FWS jobs from last year was found by simply summing the number of jobs of each college in excel.

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