Federal Work-Study Program

The Federal Work Study (FWS) Program provides funds for part-time jobs that allow students to earn money needed to pay for educational expenses. Unlike other financial aid programs, the Federal Work-Study Program provides you with an actual job (and a paycheck!) where you have to work to earn your money. In addition to the financial benefits, a Federal Work-Study job allows you to meet other students and network with faculty/staff and administrators. Students are encouraged to find positions that provide work experience in their field of study or provide valuable service to the community. Positions are available both on and off campus.

All FWS students must stop by Career Development Services, Student Success Center at Hill Hall Suite 210, to secure a Hiring Authorization Form. Please review and complete the steps to participate in Federal Work-Study. Once you have completed these steps, returning FWS Students can start work on August 24thand new FWS students can start on August 31st.

Steps to participate in Work Study:

  1. Visit Career Development Services, Student Success Center at Hill Hall Suite 210 to learn more about the FWS Program
  2. Review the on-line Job Directory (RAMTrak) to find a job of interest (See instructions below)
  3. Contact supervisor by phone or e-mail to arrange an interview; Please follow application instructions
  4. Interview with supervisor and get hired
  5. Visit Career Development Services, Complete FWS Orientation (Returning FWS Students will not be required to complete FWS Orientation)
  6. Complete FWS paperwork with Supervisor (CDS will forward Hiring Authorization Form)
  7. Visit Eller Hall 113(if needed) to complete I-9 and W-4 forms on Wednesdays 2pm - 4pm. Bring CURRENT State Issued photo ID and SS Card. MUST BE ORIGINAL DOCUMENTS

Obtaining a Job

• A FWS award does not guarantee a FWS job! It is each student’s responsibility to obtain his/her
  FWS job

• In order to search for Jobs on campus you must be registered with RAMTrak.

• If you are looking for a FWS job, all positions have been posted in RAMTrak. Please do
   the following:

    • Go to Career Development Services
    • Click the RamTrak icon on the right of page
    • First-time users, select: Click Here to Register
    • All other users, simply login with your username and password (contact Career Development Services for assistance 336-750-3240)
    • Once you are logged in Click on Job Search
    • On the next screen select Work Study in the Position Type box
    • Click Search
    • Apply for positions as instructed in the application instruction section / or Contact the department listed to schedule an interview


• As a Federal Work Study student employee, you are expected to be prompt, reliable and

• You must adhere to the policies set by the department where you will be working.

• You will only receive FWS funds for the hours that you have actually worked. FWS students are
  NOT entitled to any unearned FWS monies

• Do NOT expect to be able to study during your scheduled work hours

• A student cannot work FWS and another job on campus

• Poor work performance can result in termination initiated by the department in which you work.

    • Adhere to your set schedule
    • Arrive to work on time
    • Contact your supervisor if you are running late or unable to work
    • Pay attention to details
    • Listen carefully to instruction
    • Maintain a positive, helpful attitude
    • Neat appearance/appropriate attire

Rate of Pay

  • All FWS workers on campus can earn $9.00 per hour
  • Students working off campus FWS through the Community Service Office can earn $10.00 per hour

Your work schedule

  • Your work schedule is arranged between you and your supervisor
  • A written schedule reflecting your work hours should be clearly defined at the beginning of each semester
  • You cannot work during your scheduled class meeting times, even if a class has been canceled by the instructor
  • Report to work promptly, and notify your supervisor in advance if you cannot report to work on time.
  • FWS student cannot work more than 20 hours per week
  • Maintain a record of your earnings to ensure that you do not earn more than your Awarded Amount of FWS
  • Students that earn the Maximum Amount to earn (the amount listed on your Financial Aid Award) prior to the end of the semester must stop working

Reporting time worked and payroll requirements

  • Submit time sheet (Web Entry) by the bi-weekly deadline for the hours worked, Monday at 12:00 am (Please see the bi-weekly pay calendar)

FWS 2015-2016 Start/Termination Dates

All Returning FWS Students: Fall 2015 and Spring 2016                              

Start Date: August 24th                               Termination Date: May 3rd

All Returning FWS Students: Fall 2015 Only                                                  

Start Date: August 24th                               Termination Date: December 11th

All New FWS Hires Fall 2015 and Spring 2016                                             

Start Date: August 31st                               Termination Date: May 3rd

All New FWS Hires Fall 2015 Only                                                                

Start Date: August 31st                               Termination Date: December 11th

All New FWS Hires Spring 2016 Only                                                           

Start Date: January 19th                              Termination Date: May 3rd

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