Federal Work Study

Work Study Basics

Federal Work-Study (FWS) is a limited funds, need-based federally funded part-time employment program, which allows eligible students to earn money to help pay for education expenses. Students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year to be considered for federal financial aid, including FWS.

If you have not been offered Federal Work Study as a part of your financial aid award, then you a) were not eligible b) did not request work-study on your FAFSA and/or c) funds were not available at the time you were awarded. Please review all of the information below for information on Federal Work Study at UNF. Work Authorization and Payroll paperwork must be completed before you start work.

Please note: FWS cannot be used to pend tuition, fees, or other charges due. FWS funds are not available to pay a student’s tuition, fees, housing, or meal plan charges directly. Work Study students are paid according to the UNF bi-weekly payroll schedule based on the hours earned during the pay period.

Application Procedures  

Complete the FAFSA

Complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) for the appropriate aid year. To be considered for Federal Work Study (FWS) you must indicate on the FAFSA that you are interested in Work-Study as a source of financial aid.
If you are not sure which FAFSA to fill out, visit Critical Steps to Financial Aid. We recommend that you file your FAFSA as soon as possible after you have filed your taxes, as funds for work-study are very limited.


View your Financial Aid award in myWings

From the Students tab in myWings, view “My Financial Aid Awards” to determine whether you have been offered Federal Work Study (FWS) as a part of your award notification.


Note: Federal Work Study awarding starts approximately one month prior to the beginning of the Fall semester. If you do not see FWS award listed after this time, then you have not been offered FWS as a part of your financial aid award. Reasons for this could include a) not meeting eligibility requirements b) not requesting work-study on your FAFSA and/or c) lack of available funds at the time you were awarded.


If you do not receive FWS as part of your award package, but are still interested in Work Study, contact One Stop Student Services to be added to the waiting list. If you are a previous FWS student worker who has not been offered an FWS award, you or your former supervisor may contact One Stop Student Services to have your name added to the waiting list.

If you have been offered FWS, you must Accept or Decline the award. The FWS amount listed is the maximum amount of FWS you may earn for both Fall and Spring semesters. You must accept both semesters or decline both semesters. If you have not accepted your award within the first two weeks of the term, your FWS award will be cancelled for both semesters. If you have not been placed in a FWS job within the first four weeks of the term, your FWS award will be cancelled. If you have difficulty in finding a job, please contact the Work Study Coordinator in One Stop Student Services.
Once you have been authorized to work in a FWS position (see below), you will be paid on a bi-weekly basis for up to 20 hours per week, up to the amount listed on your award. You must have an accepted FWS award to receive work-study funds.
If you do not qualify for work study, but are still interested in part-time student employment, visit www.unfjobs.org and search the available job postings for positions that do NOT indicate Work Study.


Obtain a Work Study Job

Once you have accepted your FWS award, you may search available job postings at www.unfjobs.org, with position type "Student Employment" and Job Title "Work Study" or "Work Study Student Employee." Departments will arrange interviews and, if hired, the employer will submit an authorization form to One Stop Student Services. The employer will be notified when the hiring process is complete and work can begin.
Students are limited to 20 hours per week and 40 hours per pay period. FWS cannot pay for any hours worked beyond these approved limits. Additionally, you may only earn up to the posted FWS award for the semester. As noted above, the amount awarded is for Fall and Spring semesters. You will only be permitted to earn up to half of your FWS award each semester.