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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 education expenses. Undergraduate, Graduate, Post Baccalaureate and Doctoral students are eligible to participate in Federal Work Study at UNF. Students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year to be considered for federal financial aid, including FWS. You may email from your secure UNF email account and ask to be evaluated for the fall and/or spring terms.


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 membership charges. FWS employees are paid according to the UNF biweekly 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 term.