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San Diego State University

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Certification Period

The Certification Period is the time during which you may work and receive FWS funds. There are 2 certification periods: Academic year and summer.

Academic year certification period (fall and spring semesters)

The academic year period begins the week before fall semester classes and ends May 31.

  • You may start working:
    • When the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships notifies the Division Coordinator that you are certified to work, and
    • When your supervisor contacts you to begin work
  • You must stop working:
    • When you reach your Earnings Limit
    • When your supervisor has used up the department's work study allocation
    • If you have a financial aid hold (check AidLink)
    • If you are graduating (you must stop working on the last day of classes for the semester)
    • On the last day of the pay period (if you will be continuing the following academic year) 
  • Unearned fall wages: Use unearned amounts in the spring. You cannot carry them over to the summer period.

Summer certification period

The summer period begins June 1 and ends August 31.

A supplemental application is required for summer and becomes available in May. Learn more about summer work study.

Track your work study

You can be awarded FWS for the academic year and/or summer.

  • Keep track of your Earnings Limit and the hours you work.

Unearned fall amounts

If you do not earn up to your full Earnings Limit during the fall semester, you can use unearned amounts in the spring — but you cannot carry them over to the summer period.