Career Management Services

Career Management Services

Federal Work Study

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

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. 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 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 ($8.25/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 TypeMinimum
Pay Rate
Pay Rate
Clerical, Office, Assistants $8.25 $8.75 Receptionists, Secretaries, Internal Projects, Staff/Faculty assistants
Facilities, Dining, Athlectics $8.25 $8.75 Groundskeeper/Plant care, Boat House worker, Aquarist, Plumber, Painters, Mail Room, Sports Teams
Ambassadors, Aministrators $9 $9.75 School Ambassadors, Student Operations Managers, Analysts, Payroll/ Statisticians, Liaisons, Web managers, Marketing, Journalist photography, Reporters
Tutors $9 $9.75 Academic Support Center, Writer’s Den
Technical, IT $10 $11 Programmers, (Web/App) Designers/ Developers, Coders, Data Architect, Robotics, Engineering, Classroom technology, Machine Shop, Audio Technicians, BATD, Graphic Editing/Design, Ocean Tech, Lab Technicians, Electricians
Lifeguards $10 $11 Aquatic Center-Must have Lifeguard certification
Lab/Research Assistants $11 $12 Academic Lab/Research study  funded or governed by a research body, or leading to a publication.

Federal Work-Study Community Service ($12-14/hour)

The Community Service program provides off-campus, part-time employment to eligible students. These positions pay $12-14/hour and students may work up to 20 hours per week. The work must be performed with an agency that is contracted with Career Management Services. Students are responsible for transportation to their job site, but most sites are very close to campus. The following agencies have positions available:

  1. Greater Melbourne Police Activities League - Tutor
  2. Rolling Readers - Tutor

New Incoming Student Process

1. Accept your Award

  • Log into Access Florida Tech with your TRACKS account:          
  • Click on PAWS > Financial Aid > Award > Award for Aid Year 18-19 > Accept Federal Work Study Award

2. Complete Hire Paperwork

Come to Career Management Services Office to complete:  (MUST have 2 original IDs with you!)

  • I9 Form (see list of eligible IDs)
  • W4 Form
  • Direct Deposit form (optional)

You will receive your Hire (Blue) Form once you have completed the hire paperwork and provided 2 forms of original ID.  A list of acceptable forms of ID can be found on page 3 of the I-9 Form.

3. Search Positions on Handshake 

  • Search for open positions on our online job board, Handshake
  • Apply to job as outlined in the posting
  • Have the your supervisor sign your Hire (Blue) Form

4. Submit your Blue Form

  • Submit your signed Hire (Blue) Form to the Career Management Services office in-person, or send and email to
  • You may not begin work until you receive your authorization e-mail!