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Federal Work Study Program (FWS)

Federal Work-Study(FWS)



What is Federal Work-Study (FWS)?

The FWS Program is designed to help students who show financial need to earn a portion of their educational expenses through meaningful employment. The program is administered by the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office (FASO).

The number of requests usually exceeds FWS funds. You may be placed on a waiting list if the requests exceed funds. It is important to remember that work-study is NOT a job in which you are paid to study. Work-study is not a cash award. You must work for your earnings



Am I eligible for FWS?

You must complete the “Free Application for Federal Student Aid” (FAFSA) and meet all the deadlines for supporting documentation. You will be evaluated for financial need and if eligible, offered a package that may include FWS from the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office (FASO).



How does work-study work?

Once you have been awarded Work-Study by Financial Aid, you are required to find a job that would be affiliated with the Work-Study Program. Job postings are listed online through Careers at FIU. Follow the application instructions listed for each job. There is no limit to the amount of positions you can apply for. However, you can only accept one work-study position per academic semester.

Work study jobs are not positions in which you are paid to study.

Twice a month you will record the hours that you have worked and you will receive full payment for those hours according to the university payroll schedule. The money is not automatically applied toward school expenses. It is up to you to decide how you use the earnings from your job. Once your award has been depleted for the semester, you may continue working if your employer chooses to pay you from other funds.

It is your responsibility to know how much of your award you have used and how much is remaining for the semester. You can continue your work-study position in the following semester provided that you are still eligible for work study funds. Remember to reapply for work study when you renew your FAFSA.



Are Federal Work-Study jobs on or off-campus?

Both. If you work on campus, you will work for FIU. If you work off campus, the work performed must be in the public interest. Your employer must be an approved community work study site. Job postings are listed online at Careers at FIU



What happens if I don't find a work-study job by the hiring deadline?

Typically, Financial Aid will encourage you to continue your job search by accessing job postings listed through Careers at FIU. There is a deadline for each semester to find a work-study position.  If you are still unable to secure employment by the deadline, you will have the opportunity to get help from the Human Resources Department to locate a work-study position. However, please keep in mind that your work-study can be canceled by the Financial Aid Office if you do not take active steps to locate a work-study job. Do not make assumptions about your work-study award.



How will I be paid?

You will be paid by the hour and your earnings are subject to taxes. Twice a month, you will record the hours that you have worked and you will receive full payment for those hours according to the university payroll schedule. Be certain to complete your electronic payment information when you are hired. Ask your hiring department for further details.



How much can I make?

Your earnings will be at least the current federal minimum wage; however, you could be paid more depending upon the type of work you do and the skills required. Your total FWS award depends on your financial need, the amount of other aid you will receive and the availability of funds at FIU.

You are strongly encouraged to monitor your earnings so that you do not exceed your FWS award amount. Don’t forget that your award is subject to tax withholdings. Remember, the amount you earn cannot exceed your total FWS award.



Can I work as many hours as I want?

No. You may work no more than 20 hours per week while classes are in session. Your work study position will end when your funds are depleted or the end of the semester is reached.



Can I work for a work-study position in the summer?

Yes. Summer Federal Work Study is a separate award from fall/spring. To apply for summer work-study funds, in addition to having a current year FAFSA on file with the Financial Aid Office, your current supervisor must complete a Summer Federal Work Study Request form.



When must I stop working?

The last day of the academic year is the last day Work-Study funds may be used for employment. Your last permissible workday will differ if you are enrolled for summer classes.

You must stop working when you have earned your entire FWS award. The only way you may continue working after your FWS award has been earned is if your employer has funds to cover you on their payroll as a regular wage employee. Check with your supervisor!


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Visit, FIU Jobs and link (FIU Jobs) to: http://hr.fiu.edu/pshr/index.php

National Student Employment Week

Each year colleges and universities across the country recognize the importance of the student work experience during National Student Employment Week. Student employment offers students career-enhancing opportunities, the ability to develop skills relevant in any career, and better preparation for the job market upon graduation.

Of course, a primary motivation for most students is the need to help pay for their education. Many students are able to earn a significant portion of their college expenses, thus avoiding the debt burden so common with college graduates today.

At Florida International University, student employees perform invaluable services with enthusiasm, dedication, and initiative. Indeed, most schools depend on the contributions of this reliable workforce for the efficient operation of the entire campus.  We have set aside a special week to draw the awareness of others, both on campus and off, to the contributions student workers make in the multitude of roles they fill. By celebrating this week, you will reap the incidental benefits of increasing employer awareness of the service you and your students provide, increasing your employer base and positions available for students, and providing an open forum for discussion of student employment and career-related issues.


Student Employee of the Year Award (SEOTY)

Each spring, Florida International University coordinates a selection process and chooses the Student Employee of the Year (SEOTY) to recognize the outstanding contributions and achievements of students who work while attending college.

FIU sets its own eligibility criteria for student nominees, which generally call for some minimum length of employment, possibly a minimum GPA, and possibly a minimum number of hours per week the student must be working. Generally student workers may be classified as "regular Work-Study", institutional hourly wage, graduate assistants, or even Co-op students to be nominated.

Important Links


  • 2012 - 2013 Student Employee Week 'SEW' Award Ceremony Video
  • 2012 - 2013 Student Employee Week 'SEW' Award Ceremony Pictures
  • 2012 - 2013 Student Employee Week 'SEW' Pin Ceremony Pictures
  • 2012 - 2013 Student Employee Week 'SEW' Pining Ceremony Video





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