Funding Your Field Work Term
The cost of Field Work Term(FWT) varies greatly depending on the job you select and the housing arrangements you make. Costs can range from nominal (if you live at home for FWT) to $3,000 or more if you need to travel a long distance and pay for your own housing and food. Use the FWT Budgeting Form to help you plan accordingly.
FWT is a separate term from the rest of the academic year. As a result, tuition is not charged for it, and regular academic scholarships do not apply; students are responsible for meeting their own expenses during this period. Some students elect to live at home during a FWT, but if you choose otherwise, there are several ways to make options more financially feasible.
Find Paid Field Work Term Jobs
Typically, about a third of advertised FWT opportunities pay a regular wage, offer a stipend, or provide room and board. You can search for these in WorkLink by applying a search filter that only lists positions with compensation. You might also find a paid position on your own. In this case, check with the FWT Office as early as possible to ensure the position is FWT-eligible. If you're searching on WorkLink and having trouble finding positions with compensation, consider booking an appointment with the FWT staff for some help.
Combine Paid and Unpaid Work
To earn extra money, you can take a part-time job during FWT that isn't connected to your plan. You are able to use up to 70 hours at such a position towards your 210-hour requirement. These are considered supplemental hours. (See FWT Requirements for details on how to document supplemental hours)
Because the FWT 210-hour requirement is based on 30 hours per week for 7 weeks, you also have time for another 10 hours a week to go towards additional part-time work if needed, and still be within a 40 hour week.
Secure a Grant
Limited FWT Grants are available for students with demonstrated financial need. Because of limited College funds, need-based grants do not fully cover the cost of FWT. You should plan on working supplemental hours and/or staying in a location with free/low cost housing to further subsidize costs.
Cut Housing Costs
You can cut your housing costs by staying with relatives in other parts of the country, with family or friends of other students, or sharing housing with students who plan to work in the same city. Employers may also be able to offer leads for local low cost housing. See FWT Housing for more ideas.