How To Get A Job After Receiving A FWS
Step 1: Accepting Your FWS Award
The FWS amount listed on a student's Financial Aid Award is the maximum amount of FWS funds the student may earn for that semester. Once FWS students obtain their FWS jobs, they are paid on a bi-weekly basis for the hours they have worked, up to the amount listed on their award.
Please Note: FWS Awards CANNOT be applied toward tuition, fees or other charges due. FWS money IS NOT available to pay a student’s tuition, fees, housing charges or meal plan cost.
To estimate how many hours you would need to work each week to earn your awarded amount please refer to the chart below. This chart is based on a pay rate of $8.00 per hour and 15 weeks (one semester). All FWS students are encouraged to work a minimum of 8 hours per week. Please see FWS Student Responsibilities for more information.
FWS Award Amount for Hours Worked FWS Award Per Semester Approximate Work Hours Each Week $1500 12.5 $1700 14 $1900 16 $2100 17.5 $2300 19
FWS Award Amount for Hours Worked
FWS Award Per Semester: $1500
Approximate Work Hours Each Week : 12.5
FWS Award Per Semester: $1700
Approximate Work Hours Each Week : 14
FWS Award Per Semester: $1900
Approximate Work Hours Each Week : 16
FWS Award Per Semester: $2100
Approximate Work Hours Each Week : 17.5
FWS Award Per Semester: $2300
Approximate Work Hours Each Week : 19
Step 2: Register for 'WolfWorks"
Step 3: Review the Available Jobs
In WolfWorks, click on “on campus positions”. This will list every positions available on campus. Jobs that are for FWS positions will have FWS attached to the job title. For example, it will say "FWS-Office Assistant. Click on each job title to read more details. When you find a job that interests you, click on the "Apply" button within the detailed listing.
The department will contact you if you are selected for an interview.
You may apply for several positions, but you may only accept one FWS position for the full year.
Remember: It is YOUR responsibility to get hired in a FWS position. Student Employment and the Financial Aid Office CANNOT GUARANTEE positions for all students who are awarded Federal Work Study. Federal Work Study positions are limited by departmental demands and outside employer needs. Student Employment strongly suggests that all FWS student complete their job search as soon as possible.
Step 4: Know Your Responsibilities
FWS Student Responsibilities
Eligibility and Conditions of FWS
- You must maintain FWS eligibility throughout the academic year.
- Federal Work-Study jobs are on a semester basis.
- You must be enrolled in at least twelve credit hours per semester to participate in FWS.
- You can only be employed in ONE FWS position.
- Poor work performance can result in termination initiated by the department/employer for which you work.
Obtaining a Job
A FWS award does not guarantee a FWS job! It is each student’s responsibility to obtain his/her FWS job. Follow the instructions under the "How To Get A Job After Receiving A FWS" section on this page. Starting early is key. Most FWS positions are posted in August.
Employee Forms and Paperwork
New FWS students must complete required new hire paperwork. FWS students participating in America Reads/America Counts and Community Outreach have a separate orientation and must complete a criminal background check
Rate of Pay
Your Work Schedule
Hours per week limitation
Keep track of your earnings
Maintain a record of your earnings to ensure that you do not exceed your FWS Award Amount. Students who earn the Maximum Amount to Earn (the amount listed on your Financial Aid Award) prior to the end of the semester must stop working and contact Student Employment.
Unearned amounts DO NOT carry over to the next semester.
Clocking In and Out & Payroll Issues
If a dispute arises between you and your supervisor or department, try to first speak with your supervisor. If that does not resolve the issue or you feel you cannot do so, you may then contact Student Employment, a division of Career Services.
Changes of status and contact information