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FWS is awarded to students who have completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and have meet financial need requirements. If the student is awarded FWS, the Award amount appears on the student's financial aid award letter.
No, a work-study award is only received after a student secures a position on campus. Please refer to " How Do I Get a Job?" for further information on securing a position.
The award is then distributed monthly based on the number of hours worked each month until the entire amount of the award has been earned. The earnings do not get posted to a student's account unless the student applies their check to their account. Students may use their FWS earnings as they desire, towards their university bill or for other purposes.
Students with a FWS Award are not guaranteed positions on campus; however, they are given first priority in the first month of the fall trimester of hiring. Job opportunities for students with FWS are relatively the same as they are for regular student employees. Students with FWS can apply for any on-campus position. There are a few positions that require a FWS award and will indicate this requirement. Those required positions are Community Service positions and are generally located off-campus in non-profit organizations. The Community Service positions account for approximately 3% of the positions in the student employment program.
If a student employee earns their entire work-study award before the end of the academic year then they are automatically switched to regular pay and may continue with their employment, unless they are employed in a Community Service position.
The FWS Award remains available for the student throughout the fall and spring trimester unless the student repackages their financial aid or receives additional aid which affects their eligibility. Students will sometimes choose not to begin looking for employment until their second trimester to allow time to adjust to college life, while others secure employment prior to the first day of classes or sometime during the first trimester.
Students should begin looking for employment as soon as possible. We begin to post Fall position vacancies the week of SOAR, which is generally the third week of June and continue to post throughout the entire academic year.
Both students with and without a FWS Award are allowed to work on-campus. Both follow the same employment process to apply for and secure a position and to complete the required paperwork to be employed. They are paid the same rates for the same position and are required to follow the same employment rules. Please refer to the " Frequently Asked Questions" for more information about student employment in general.