Federal Work-Study

Description:

Federal Work-Study (FWS) is a Federal Campus-Based Program that provides part-time, mostly on-campus jobs for students.  Work schedules are usually flexible and planned around the student’s class schedule.  Click here for an in depth review of the FWS program .

Process:

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) process.  Students interested in FWS must indicate their interest by answering ‘yes’ to question #31, “Are you interested in being considered for work-study?” when completing the FAFSA.  When awarding aid, the UGA Office of Student Financial Aid (OSFA) will include the FWS amount for which the student is eligible on his or her award in Athena which the student must then accept or decline.  If accepted, the student must accept both fall and spring semesters (if applicable).  Students who accept an FWS award in Athena are emailed information within a few business days regarding how to access the FWS job website.  It is the student’s responsibility to apply for and be hired into an FWS position.

Amounts:

For the 2019-2020 academic year, the maximum FWS award amount is $2,500 per fall and/or spring semester.  The minimum award amount is $1000 per fall and/or spring semester.  Wages are earned on an hourly basis and paid every two weeks.  For more information regarding hourly wage rates, please click here (PDF).

Eligibility:

Students must:

Enrollment Status:

Students enrolled at least half-time generally retain their FWS eligibility for the semester.  Students enrolled less than half-time are not eligible for FWS.

Important Dates for Limited Need-Based Funds Consideration:

FWS awarding is subject to the Important Dates for Limited Need-Based Funds Consideration.