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Federal Work Study

Work Study Basics

Federal Work Study (FWS) is a 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 are not eligible and/or
  • you did not request FWS when you filed your FAFSA and/or
  • FWS funds were not available at the time you were originally evaluated for financial aid
  • you may email or call One-Stop Student Services and ask to be evaluated for the upcoming term.


Please review all of the information below for details on the Federal Work Study program at UNF. Work Authorization and Payroll paperwork must be completed before you start work.

Please note: FWS cannot be used to defer (pend) tuition, fees, or other charges billed to student accounts. In addition, FWS funds are not available to directly pay a student’s tuition, fees, housing, or meal plan charges. Work Study employees are paid according to the UNF bi-weekly payroll schedule based on the hours earned during the pay period. Students are limited to 20 hours of work per week and 40 hours per pay period. FWS cannot pay for any hours worked beyond these approved limits. Additionally, students may only earn up to the posted FWS award for the semester. As noted above, the amount awarded is for the fall and spring semesters. You will only be permitted to earn up to half of your yearly FWS award each semester.

Application Procedures for Students

General Work Study Information for Students

General Work Study Information for Supervisors

Electronic Personnel Action Form Instructions (Supervisors)

Work Study FAQs