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Career Services

Federal Work Study

For questions concerning the Federal Work-Study Program (FWS), contact (321) 674-8846 or

*COVID-19 Annoucement

Office Hours: Students may come in to the office (L3Harris Commons, Rm 307) to complete their hire paperwork Mon-Fri, 8am - 5pm. Masks are required to enter the building and we will be limiting 2 students in the office at a time, call ahead to schedule your arrival at 321-674-8846.

 No remote or virtual work is permitted in FWS. Students must be supervised on site and take home work is prohibited. Increased distancing and PPE will be used to keep our student workers safe and students may choose a job that does not have interaction with people if preferred. Students must work hours in a job to earn a FWS paycheck. Students will not be paid for sick or quarentine absences. 

*Eligible students have been e-mailed their hire form for electonic completion, you MUST USE Adobe Reader to electronically sign this form. If you have not received your hire form yet, e-mail us at

2020-2021 FWS Job List

What is Federal Work-Study?

Federal Work-Study (FWS) is an employment program which allows students to earn a paycheck through a financial aid award paid by federal funds. Since it is federal money, students must receive the award from Financial Aid each academic year (Fall through Spring) to work, and they must be paid hourly (for actual hours worked). Students can spend their earned wages on anything and can only earn up to their award amount (earnings are not applied to tuition).

FWS awards are made by the Financial Aid Office to U.S. citizens and permanent residents who qualify based on their FAFSA, if you have questions about eligiblity reach out to Financial Aid, The program provides part-time employment opportunities in two areas, 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. 

*Due to COVID-19 there will be no off-campus positions this Fall, check back in the Spring 

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 (MUST OPEN the .pdf hire form with ADOBE READER to electronically fill and sign, do not open in a browser)
  • 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.