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Federal Work-Study (FWS) Information for Supervisors

The Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships awards students Federal Work-Study (FWS) as an opportunity to earn money to help pay for their education while gaining work experience. This page is dedicated to assisting departments interested in hiring FWS students.

Getting Started

The FWS coordinator offers an annual training for department staff interested in hiring FWS students. The training, provided in June, is mandatory for departments participating in FWS and provides information related to student eligibility, appropriate work positions, and payment procedures.

Following the training, departments are eligible to submit their position description for student viewing. Upon selecting an employee, the department submits theĀ FWS Hiring Form to the OFAS for confirmation of student eligibility.

Supervising FWS Students

As a supervisor to a FWS student, you are not only offering part-time employment but providing an encouraging work environment where expectations are clear and regular feedback is offered.

The Payment Process

FWS students are placed on department payroll upon hire and the department is to submit monthly Request for Reimbursement requests to the OFAS. The reimbursement is processed by OFAS staff and documentation is returned to the department for reconciliation.

Important Dates

July-August Financial Aid begins to email FWS-awarded students with instructions on how to locate an FWS position.
TBD Supervisor Training. Mandatory for new departments interest in hiring FWS students. Excellent refresher for departments who have previously employed FWS students.
TBD Deadline for position descriptions. Positions submitted after this date will be added to the website but students will have already started looking for jobs July 1st.
August 29, 2018
(First day of Fall semester)
Students are eligible to begin working, provided that all required paperwork is completed.
September 16, 2018 Deadline for departments to submit FWS Hire Forms. Students who do not have an FWS Hire Form on file will have their FWS award offer canceled.
December 19, 2018
(Last day of Fall finals)
Last day for students to work under Fall FWS.
January 28, 2019
(First day of Spring classes)
FWS students are eligible to begin working under Spring FWS, provided that all required paperwork is completed.
May 22, 2019
(Last day of Spring finals)
Last day for students to work under Spring FWS.

2018-2019 Resources

2018-2019 Federal Work Study Hiring Form

2018-2019 Federal Work Study Student Terms and Conditions

2018-2019 Federal Work Study Employer Payroll Procedures

2018-19 Federal Work Study Employer Handbook

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