How Federal Work Study Works

Federal Work Study is a program that allows college students to work at their university in exchange for Federal Work Study Funds. Half of the money a student worker is paid comes from the program, and the other half comes from the university. Federal Work Study is offered to students who show financial need and indicate interest in programs other than grants when filling out the FAFSA.

UAA offers many Federal Work Study opportunities to its students. A student may work at the bookstore, the library, the Learning Resource Center, or one of the many other offices and departments around campus. A FWS student should only work up to 20 hours a week when school is in session, so that university employment does not interfere with academic studies.


How to Apply for Federal Work Study

Step 1: Apply for Financial Aid

Follow the instructions on the Financial Aid Checklist. When filling out the FAFSA, make sure you specify that you would like to be considered for other aid than grants.

Step 2: Accept your awards

Make sure that you accept your offer of Federal Work Study funds. Remember that you can also request more Work Study funds by reducing the amounts of your loans! To do this, submit a Revision Request form, which is available in Forms. If you aren't sure if you are eligible for work study, call our office at (907)786-1480.

Step 3: Apply for a job

Go to the University of Alaska Human Resources website and click on Search All Jobs. Search for Student Worker Positions, select those you would like to apply for, and submit an application to the University. For most jobs, you would also be required to submit a resume and other documents. The work study pay rates are available here.

Step 4: Be hired in a position

To be hired for most positions you will have to complete an interview. When you are hired for a University position, remember that this is a real job. It's important to show up on time, notify your supervisor if you will be absent, and fulfill your obligations.


Federal Work Study Employee Responsibilities

  • Begin work only after all new hire paperwork has been completed.
  • Notify the Financial Aid Office and your immediate supervisor at once if you withdraw from the University or drop below half-time (6 credit hours). You cannot receive Federal Work Study Funds if you are taking less than 6 credit hours.
  • Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) according to the SAP policy of the University.
  • Student workers should only work up to 20 hours a week while the University is in session.
  • Report time worked accurately and in a timely manner every pay period (every two weeks).
  • Notify supervisor in advance if rearranging regularly scheduled hours.
  • Notify supervisor of absences in advance.
  • Refrain from conducting personal business while working.
  • Do not misuse University property, including keys, access cards, office equipment, vehicles, or mail and phone service.
  • Be professional and respectful while on the job. Discuss dress and appearance with your supervisor.

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