Federal Work Study

Please contact Leah Litwiniec at (321) 674-8846 or llitwiniec@fit.edu for questions concerning the Federal Work-Study Program.

What is Federal Work-Study?

Federal Work-Study is an employment program funded jointly by the federal government and either the university or an off-campus nonprofit-employer. FWS funds are paid directly to the student as earned. The funds may be used for a students incurred expenses, such as books, bills or social events, etc. To be considered for FWS, students must indicate that they are interested in the program on their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). FWS awards are made by the Financial Aid Office to US citizens and permanent residents who qualify based on their FAFSA. Due to the numerous factors involved in the determination of awards, FWS cannot be guaranteed every year. Interested students are encouraged to complete their FAFSA and check their financial aid account to see if FWS has been awarded. Only students who are awarded FWS in their financial aid package are eligible for this program. The program provides part-time employment opportunities for eligible students and has two options, On-Campus & Community Service.

On-Campus Federal Work-Study ($8.05/hour and up)

There are numerous on-campus work-study employment opportunities for eligible students. Some of these opportunities are major related while others are not. We cannot guarantee that all students will receive a major related FWS position. Students will need to interview for these positions just as they would with any other employment. There are a variety of job types and there are typically more positions available than there are students to fill them. Participating students may work up to 20 hours per week but typically work 5-10 hours per week depending on their class schedule. All on-campus work-study employees earn no less than the Florida Minimum Wage. The Florida Minimum Wage is currently $8.05/hour.

FWS Community Service ($9.00/hour)

The Community Service program provides off-campus, part-time employment to eligible students. These positions pay $9.00/hour and may be major-related. Students may work up to 20 hours per week. The work must be performed with an agency that is contracted with Career Management Services. Keep in mind students in these positions will be responsible for transportation to their job site. The following agencies had positions available last year:

Brevard Zoo

University Park Elementary School

Important FWS Information for Incoming Students

New Students - Students not previously employed through the FWS program at FIT may begin the required hiring paperwork as early as the first day of orientation.

  1. Complete W-4 and I-9 documents. Both forms are available in the Forms section on the right-hand side of the webpage.
  2. Submit completed W-4 and I-9 documents to the Office of Career Management Services along with the required ORIGINAL identification documents. All identification documents must be unexpired originals. No photocopies or faxes will be accepted. Please do not mail the documents in. We must obtain your completed documents and view your original identifications at the same time and in person. Please see pg 9 of I-9 document for complete list of acceptable identification documents.
  3. Carefully read the FWS Student Handbook and FAQs. Both are listed in the links below.
  4. Complete Direct Deposit (optional). Direct Deposit allows the money a student earns to be put directly into their bank account. It is not required but is recommended. Form is available in the Forms section on the right-hand side of the webpage.

Returning Students - Students previously employed through the FWS program at FIT or students switching jobs may come to the Career Management Services Office as early as the first day of orientation to pick up the Work-Study Referral Card.

Work-Study Referral Card

Students may begin searching for positions through Panther Career Link after receiving their Work-Study Referral Card from the Office of Career Management Services. Students will apply to the posted position according to the information listed in the How to Apply section of the job posting. Students must bring their Work-Study Referral Card to the supervisor for the position which they are interviewing. The supervisor will complete the Work-Study Referral Card when they hire a student. Students should not leave their Work-Study Referral Card with their supervisor. The completed Work-Study Referral Card must be returned to the Office of Career Management Services before the hiring deadline for processing. The Office of Career Management Services will process the completed paperwork within 2-10 business days and send an email to the student with the date that they may begin working.

Required reading for participants