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.
Federal Work Study Employee Responsibilities