Federal Work Study (FWS) is a program designed to provide college students who are in need of financial assistance a chance to earn money while pursuing their degree. FWS provides part-time jobs for undergraduate and graduate students on and off-campus. JobX can help you find a job that fits your schedule and is just minutes from your classes.
What are the benefits to the Federal Work Study program?
- Allows you to earn money to help pay for your educational expenses.
- It provides opportunities to serve the community and to work in areas that are related to your course of study.
- Your FWS employer acknowledges you are a student first. FWS employers are flexible and willing to work around your class schedule.
- It provides beneficial experience and training, networking and references that build up your resume.
- It can provide opportunities to develop your professional skills, like communication, time management and interpersonal skills.
- It can lead to career opportunities.
- Even though FWS earnings are taxable. FWS earnings are not considered when figuring your “financial need” on your FAFSA.
Federal Work Study eligibility is determined by the information inputted on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You must have financial need in order to receive FWS. If you wish to be considered for this program, you should indicate this preference on the FAFSA.
To be eligible for Federal Work Study, you must:
- Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
- Meet UCF’s Standards for Satisfactory Academic Progress (Met, Academic Plan, Warning & Probation are acceptable).
- Meet a need of at least $5,000 for the Fall & Spring or $2,500 for the Summer.
- Be degree seeking at UCF.
- Be enrolled and have confirmed attendance at least half-time at UCF.
- Be a U.S. citizen, U.S. permanent resident, eligible non-citizen, or citizen of the Freely Associated States: The Federated States of Micronesia and the republics of Palau and the Marshall Islands.
- Have a valid form of identification per UCF HR policy.
- Have a completed review status.
After filing the FAFSA and having it sent to UCF, a student’s eligibility for the FWS program will be reviewed. Eligible students are awarded an allotment which may be earned through part-time employment in a FWS approved position either on or off-campus. If a student is eligible, an allotment will be posted to the student’s myUCF > View Financial Aid, along with an informative email sent to the student’s Knights account. If the FWS award is not visible on a student’s myUCF > View Financial Aid then the student is not currently eligible for this program.
How to Apply for Federal Work Study
File a Free Application for Federal Student Assistance (FAFSA) to apply for the Federal Work Study (FWS) Program.
Once FWS is awarded, you can check your myUCF account to see the amount of your FWS award. You must either accept or decline the award in your myUCF account.
Complete any items on your myUCF To Do List including the FWS Contract. To access the FWS Contract:
- Log in to myUCF.
- Go to your Student Center.
- From the To Do List, select the FWS Contract.
- Click on Checklist Detail.
- Access the FWS Contract using the link provided on the checklist detail.
Use JobX to search for jobs across UCF campus.
Apply for the positions you find directly on JobX. Be sure to apply for FWS positions. You can find FWS jobs by searching “work study” in the filters in the left-hand section of the “Jobs” page. If you are interested in working at a community service site off-campus, please contact the FWS Coordinator at [email protected].
The department will review applications and might contact you for an interview. When attending interviews, bring these documents:
- Award Summary & Class Schedule from myUCF
- A valid form of identification per UCF HR
- Valid Driver’s License or Acceptable Form of Identification
If an agreement is made, the department will prepare a complete hiring packet and forward it to Human Resources.
Completed a hiring packet from the department to begin working.
Review the FWS Student Rights and Responsibilities.
If you’re not ready to apply for federal student aid, but you’d like to estimate your aid, check out FAFSA4caster. The FAFSA4caster is an early eligibility estimator that can help you plan ahead when it comes to paying for college.
UCF School Code:
UCF’s Priority Date for FAFSA:
Summer 2022 Employment
- May 4
- Summer Employment Begins
Students must have an accepted FWS award and meet all program requirements in order to be hired and start working.
- August 4
- Summer Employment Ends
Students must have a Fall 2022 award to continue to work after August 4.
Using JobX for Student Employment
To find employment, FWS students will use JobX to search for jobs across UCF campus. Register now to start exploring relevant jobs and internships.
You will apply for the positions you find directly on JobX. Be sure to apply only for FWS positions. You can find FWS jobs by searching “work study” in the filters in the left-hand section of the “Jobs” page.
Federal Work Study Contract
The Federal Work Study Contract is now part of the JobX disclaimer. You must review and agree to the disclaimer to access the job listings. After you accept the disclaimer on JobX, the To Do List item for Federal Work Study Contract will be completed within 3-5 business days.
Will my FWS award count as a deferment?
NO. The FWS allotment represents money that can be earned. It cannot be considered as a deferment for tuition and housing purposes.
What happens if my earnings reach my maximum award?
It is yours and your supervisor’s responsibility to monitor your FWS usage and ensuring that you do not earn more than your FWS award total. If you reach the maximum award your employer has the option of either switching you to their departmental budget or ending your assignment altogether.
How will I be paid?
Individual departments hire FWS students, but the Student Financial Assistance (SFA) office sets the award and hourly wage. Once the employer receives a copy of the student’s Class Schedule, a work schedule can be determined by the student and the employer. Timesheets are maintained and submitted through the employer biweekly. Students receive a paycheck for hours worked every two weeks.
Below are the updated Federal Work Study Salary Rates beginning 9/30/21.
|$10.00-$11.25||Community Service – ON CAMPUS|
|$11.25||Community Service – OFF CAMPUS|
|$12.75||Graduate Student Assistants|
Student Financial Aid determines the salaries based on the job descriptions that departments submit.
- Full-time enrollment may avoid FICA, FUTA, and all other appropriate taxes from being taken out of your paycheck if you qualify for an exemption and write “Exempt” on your W-4 form next to the year (ask your employer for this form).
- Students may view their earnings statement and payroll information on the myUCF website.
- When transferring from one FWS job to the next, your employer has the right to set your pay rate at the previous rate or at the starting salary for the new position (whether it is at a higher or lower rate of pay). Community Service salaries do not transfer to regular FWS jobs.
Community Service Programs
Students who have been awarded Federal Work Study (FWS) may apply for eligible positions that are aimed at improving the quality of life for community residents. The FWS program is not only an opportunity to improve the surrounding community, but also a great way to build professional experience, network outside UCF and blend academic and personal interests to develop a holistic viewpoint. The University of Central Florida has both on and off-campus FWS Community Service opportunities available.
On-campus FWS Community Service Program opportunities are located in the following offices:
- Center for Autism & Related Disabilities
- Communication and Disorders Clinic
- Creative School for Children
- Student Disability Services
Off-campus FWS Community Service Program opportunities include:
- Local elementary schools
- Audubon Center for Birds of Prey
- Jump Start Program
FWS students who are interested in participating in one of the Off-Campus FWS Community Service site locations will need to complete the online Rules and Regulations Agreement and Community Service Employment Agreement forms. After accepting the FWS Award offer, access to the forms will be provided in an email.