Federal Work Study Under the PROSPER Act

Last month, the U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce advanced its version of legislation to reauthorize the Higher Education Act. The Promoting Real Opportunity, Success, and Prosperity through Education Reform (PROSPER) Act, H.R. 4508, includes some practical proposals, but also includes numerous provisions that would negatively impact institutions, students, and college affordability.

For example, the bill would develop a new Federal Work Study (FWS) formula and remove the community service requirement and private sector employment cap. The legislation would also nearly double recent appropriations to the program to $1.72 billion. However, graduate students would no longer be eligible for Federal Work Study under the bill. Additionally, despite the proposed increase in appropriations to the program, funding at the institutional level under the new formula would actually decrease significantly for many colleges and universities.

See how your institution would fare under the proposed bill:

Federal Work Study (FWS) Estimates

Federal Work Study (FWS) Estimates: Notes 

Comparison of Campus-Based Institutions and Allocations: Award Years 2017-18 and 2016-17