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Federal Work Study Program Information

What is Federal Work Study?

Federal Work Study (FWS) is a program designed to provide college students who are in need of financial assistance a chance to earn money while pursuing their degree. FWS provides part-time jobs for undergraduate and graduate students on and off-campus. The UCF Federal Work Study Job Connection website can help you find a job that fits your schedule and is just minutes from your classes.

What are the benefits to the Federal Work Study program?

There are several benefits associated with the FWS Program:

  • Allows you to earn money to help pay for your educational expenses.
  • It provides opportunities to serve the community and to work in areas that are related to your course of study.
  • Your FWS employer acknowledges you are a student first. FWS employers are flexible and willing to work around your class schedule.
  • It provides beneficial experience and training, networking and references that build up your resume.
  • It can provide opportunities to develop your professional skills, like communication, time management and interpersonal skills.
  • It can lead to career opportunities.
  • Even though FWS earnings are taxable. FWS earnings are not considered when figuring your “financial need” on your FAFSA.

Am I eligible for FWS?

Federal Work Study eligibility is determined by the information inputted on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You must have financial need in order to receive FWS. If you wish to be considered for this program, you should indicate this preference on the FAFSA.

To be eligible for Federal Workstudy, you must:

  1. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  2. Meet UCF’s Standards for Satisfactory Academic Progress (Met, Academic Plan, Warning & Probation are acceptable).
  3. Meet a need of at least $5,000 for the Fall & Spring or $2,500 for the Summer
  4. Be degree seeking at UCF
  5. Be enrolled and have confirmed attendance at least half-time at UCF
  6. Be a U.S. citizen, U.S. permanent resident, eligible non-citizen, or citizen of the Freely Associated States: The Federated States of Micronesia and the republics of Palau and the Marshall Islands (for more information, please see the FAFSA)
  7. Have a Social Security card or letter from the Social Security Administration (application receipt)
  8. Have a completed review status

How will I Know if I Qualify for Federal Work Study?

After filing the FAFSA and having it sent to UCF, a student’s eligibility for the FWS program will be reviewed. Eligible students are awarded an allotment which may be earned through part time employment in a FWS approved position either on or off campus. If a student is eligible, an allotment will be posted to the student’s myUCF > View Financial Aid, along with an informative email sent to the students Knights account. If the FWS award is not visible on a student’s myUCF > View Financial Aid then the student is not currently eligible for this program.