Federal Work Study

For questions concerning the Federal Work-Study Program (FWS), contact (321) 674-8846 or fws@fit.edu

For questions about WorkDay or your job application, contact HR: 321-674-7427 or hr@fit.edu   

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).

Eligibility: 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, finaid@fit.edu. The program provides part-time employment opportunities in two areas, On-Campus & Community Service.


  • Students can work a maximum of 20 hours per week (cannot be scheduled during class periods)
  • No remote or take home work is permitted in this program
  • Students must be supervised and cannot replace staff positions
  • No political or religious tasks permitted
  • You may only be paid for actual hours worked (subject to hourly wage laws)
  • You may only earn up to the award amount granted by Financial Aid
  • Your award amount is the total you can earn in Fall & Spring
  • Timesheets are due bi-weekly in order to receive a paycheck

Payroll Calendar
Timesheet Instructions

On-Campus Federal Work-Study ($10/hour and up)

There are numerous on-campus work-study employment opportunities for eligible students.  Students have their choice of job and there are plenty of options (there is no risk of a lack of positions). Some jobs may have qualification requirements, such as having lifeguard certifiation or a required major for a lab/reseach position.

Example Jobs:

  • Library Help Desk Assistant
  • Mailroom Clerk
  • Lab Assistant
  • Student Ambassador (Tour Guide)
  • Copy Center Assistant

Federal Work-Study Community Service 

The Community Service program provides off-campus, part-time employment to eligible students. 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. 

Available Community Service Positions for Fall 2021:

:Brevard AfterSchool Program: Reading Mentor
You will be connected with a local school to assist with reading activities for 1-6th graders.

:Bridges Disability Services
Assist the disabled veterans program or the human resources office. 

Hiring Process

1. Check your Financial Aid Package to Accept Your Award

Each student will receive an award amount in their Financial Aid Package, this is the amount you can earn for both Fall & Spring. If you have questions about your award, contact Financial Aid.

2. Log In to Workday to Apply to a Job

  • Use your TRACKS login, must be on the campus network to view and apply to positions
  • Click the ‘Career Icon’ to see Student Jobs
  • Apply to positions marked 'FWS only' or ‘FWS Eligible’
  • Each department has different interview procedures and will send an offer through WorkDay, you may reach out to the supervisor listed on the job for questions about the position

3. Complete Any Hire Paperwork

  • New Students: You will complete an I9 and W4 in Workday and go to the HR office on campus to show your origional IDs, be sure to bring at least one ORIGIONAL from the following list from home (copies are not acceptable):
    • Passport
    • Social Security Card or
    • Birth Certificate
  • All Students: Complete or update your Direct Deposit in Workday

4. Start Date Will be Given in Workday

*If you have questions about WorkDay or your application status, contact HR: hr@fit.edu