First and foremost, remember that
Federal Work Study (FWS) is a real job. You are expected to behave
professionally and in compliance with the rules and regulations set forth by
the program and by your employer. Failure to act responsibly or professionally
may/will result in termination from your position.
If you choose not to use your Federal Work Study award, please decline it in
your myWings account or contact One-Stop Student Services to have it cancelled.
We will not automatically package other aid to replace declined Work-Study funding.
Federal Work Study is NOT applied to tuition, and we will not defer tuition
against work-study. You will receive a bi-weekly paycheck on UNF paydays for
the amount that you have earned for that pay period, not to exceed 20 hours per
week and 40 hours per pay period.
Direct Deposit is highly recommended for all work study earnings.
You must complete direct deposit paperwork with Student Financial Services.
Federal Work Study money is TAXABLE
INCOME. However, student employees may qualify for an
exemption to the withholding of certain taxes from their gross pay.
Please see Human Resources for more information.You will receive a W-2 Form in January to file your
You should show Federal Work Study
earnings on your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), included in
your taxable income if you file a tax return, or in your earnings if you are
not required to file. You will then need to report the Federal Work study
earnings for the appropriate tax year on the FAFSA - this will exclude your
earnings from the calculation for Expected Family Contribution.
Work hours are arranged between you and your employer. Generally it takes 10-12
hours a week to earn your award amount for a semester. You should not work over
your award amount, which is your Federal Work-Study earnings limit. Work hours
CANNOT interfere with your class hours.
You cannot transfer unearned money from one semester to another. Fall and
Spring awards are separate.
Students should monitor earnings so that they will
not over earn their Federal Work Study award for the semester.
Your employer will receive a tracking form to monitor earnings and
remaining hours. Work with your employer to ensure that you do not work beyond
your approved award each semester.
Check with your supervisor on timesheet requirements. Students employed on
campus will generally submit an electronic time sheet every two weeks.
Don't be misled by the name - Federal Work Study - your job is not a place to
study or socialize -- you are expected to work.
Do not work during your scheduled class time. You will be required to submit a
class schedule to your supervisor to verify your course schedule.
Call your employer if you are unable to come to work or will be late. You will
need to make arrangements with your supervisor if you wish to make up missed
If you stop working, notify your employing department and One-Stop Student
Ask your employer about their dress code. For some positions, certain standards
of dress may be required. Dressing appropriately can help you with future job
Take pride in your job and follow departmental rules. Every position
contributes to the overall operation of the organization.
If you have a concern about a work issue or you are having trouble with another
employee, talk with your supervisor and let them help you.