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Federal Work Study

For questions concerning the Federal Work-Study Program (FWS), please call (321) 674-8846 or e-mail

*COVID-19 Annoucement

Office Hours: Students may come in to the office (L3Harris Commons, Rm 307) to complete their hire paperwork for Fall on Fridays, 9am - 5pm, starting July 17. Mon-Fri hours will resume the week of Orientation, Aug 10, 2020. Masks are required to enter the building.

As of July 2020 it is expected that students will be on campus for face to face classes and in-person jobs. Increased distancing and PPE will be used to keep our student workers safe. At this time, no remote or virtual work is permitted in FWS. Students must be supervised on site and take home work is prohibited.

What is Federal Work-Study?

Federal Work-Study (FWS) 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 whatever the student chooses. FWS awards are made by the Financial Aid Office to U.S. 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 ($9/hour and up)

There are numerous on-campus work-study employment opportunities for eligible students. Students may apply for any job they are interested in, but they may only hold one job at a time. Participating students may only work up to 20 hours per week, and are not permitted to work during scheduled classes . All on-campus work-study employees begin at the minimum pay rate below when starting a new position:

Job TypeStarting  
Pay Rate
Pay Rate
Generalized Positions $9 $10

Positions available to most majors:

Staff/Faculty Assistant, Clerical, Facilities, Athletics, Marketing & Design, Tutors, Ambassadors

Specialized Positions $10 $11

Requires specific major and/or certifications:

Technical & IT, Lab Assistants, Sponsored Research, Lifeguards 

Federal Work-Study Community Service ($14/hour)

The Community Service program provides off-campus, part-time employment to eligible students. These positions pay $14/hour and students may work up to 20 hours per week. The work must be performed with an agency that is contracted with Career Services, which often are elementary school programs. Students are responsible for transportation to their job site, but most sites are close to campus. 

*Please return to see what sites are available for 2020-2021, due to COVID-19 we cannot guarentee off-campus positions will be available at this time.

Please contact the Student Employment Coordinator for more details.

New Incoming Student Process

1. Complete Hire Paperwork

Come to Career Management Services Office to complete:  (MUST have 2 original, unexpired IDs with you! Need at least one of the following Passport, Social Security Card, or Birth Certificate)

  • I9 Form (see list of eligible IDs)
  • W4 Form
  • Direct Deposit (completed online in PAWS)

If you cannot not complete your forms in person, you have the option to complete the I9 & W4 by mail, as long as someone over the age of 18 completes the authorized representative role, see instructions. Your hire will not be processed until signed forms are received in person or by mail. A list of acceptable forms of ID can be found on page 3 of the I-9 Form.

2. Select a Job from the Job List

  • Reviewopen positions on the 2020-2021 Job List on the Right Side of the Page
  • Contact the supervisor on the job you are interested to ask your questions, some may schedule an interview (others may just have an informal conversation)

3. Complete your Hire Form

  • To apply to your top position, sign your .pdf hire form and send to your supervisor via e-mail
  • Your supervisor will then submit to fws@fit.eduYou may not begin work until your start date, received in an authorization e-mail!

4. Wait for your authorization to work BEFORE you start working!

  • You will receive your authorized start date via email from Please allow up to one business week for your position to be processed. You may begin working the day of the start date or any day after, but not before. You are not eligible to earn money before your start date.