The Federal College Work-Study Program (FWSP) is a limited, need-based federally funded part-time employment program, which allows eligible students to earn money to help pay for education-related expenses. Students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year to be considered for federal financial aid, including FWSP.
If a student has not been offered Federal College Work-Study as a part of the financial aid award, then the student: a) was not eligible, b) did not request work-study on the FAFSA and/or, c) funds were not available at the time the award was requested. Work Authorization and Payroll paperwork must be completed before students begin employment.
For the purpose of employment at the University of North Florida, and in order to be considered a student exempt from the payment of the Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA), student workers must be enrolled at least half-time and regularly attend classes at UNF.Student workers participating in the Federal College Work-Study Program (FWSP) at the undergraduate or graduate level are required to be degree seeking, enrolled in a minimum of six credit hours at UNF during each term in which they participate (fall, spring, and summer) and are limited to 20 work hours per week while classes are in session.
Please note: Federal College Work-Study cannot be used to pend tuition, fees, or other charges . FWSP funds are not available to directly pay for 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
Student workers, except those participating in FWSP and international students, are allowed to work up to 40 hours per week and retain FICA exemption. International students must be enrolled full-time and are limited to 20 work hours per week during fall, spring, and summer semesters. These student workers should check with The International Center for further information by calling (904) 620-2657.Any student not meeting the above criteria, or not showing sufficient legal documentation to qualify for the FICA exemption, shall be required to have FICA deducted from all wages earned during the period of ineligibility. If a student’s FICA status changes from non-exempt to exempt, none of the FICA previously withheld shall be refunded.Students interested in employment opportunities are encouraged to refer to the job listing maintained by the Office of Human Resources, the Career Services Office, or to seek employment independently.
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