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 a student's 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 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. Some of these opportunities are major-related, while others are not. 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 begin at the minimum pay rate below when starting a new position:

Job Category

Minimum Pay Rate

Maximum Pay Rate

Clerical, Office, Assistants



Manual Labor, Facilities/Dining






Ambassadors, Administrators






Technical, IT



Lab, Research Assistants



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 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 have positions available for the FA17-SP18 academic year:

  1. Greater Melbourne Police Activities League - Tutor
  2. Rolling Readers - Tutor
  3. Palm Bay Acadamy - Tutor
  4. Marine Resources Council - Environmental Educator

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 17-18 > Accept Federal Work Study Award

2. Complete Hire Paperwork

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

You will receive your FWS (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, starting in August
  • Apply to job as outlined in the posting
  • Remember to bring your FWS (Blue) Form to the hiring supervisor to be completed; this is how you will be hired for the position

4. Submit your Blue Form

  • Submit your signed FWS (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! 

The Office of Career Management Services will process your completed paperwork within 2-10 business days and send an email to the student with the date that they may begin working.

To Set Up Direct Deposit

  • Located in PAWS, click on the Employee Tab (which will appear on the 1st day of employment)
  • Click Pay Information

  • Click Direct Deposit Allocation

  • Click Update Direct Deposit Allocation

Required reading for participants