Federal Work Study Program

Fast Facts

  1. Federal Work Study is a program that allows college students to work at their university in exchange for Federal Work Study Funds.
  2. Half of the money a student worker is paid comes from the program, and the other half comes from the university.
  3. Federal Work Study is offered to students who show financial need and indicate interest in programs other than grants when filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  4. An "OFFER" of FWS funds on your award letter is not a guarantee of a FWS-funded position, only a notification that the student is eligible while funds are still available. As FWS is a limited pot of money (allocation) provided to UAA, students who are hired into  FWS jobs early are honored first. Once the allocation is fully contracted to a pool of hired student employees, we may not have adequate funds to pay for later employment contracts for students who show eligibility. In this instance, offered and possibly accepted federal work study awards may be cancelled.
  5. FWS student employees are only permitted to up to 20 hours a week when school is in session, so that university employment does not interfere with academic studies. You must always check with your supervisor before working extra hours.
  6. Please be aware - if FWS appears as an  accepted award, along with your other financial aid resources, this money will never disburse to your student account to cover tuition/fee charges. Payment occurs via an external Human Resources process as you work and earn wages.

Creative ways to use FWS

UAA offers many Federal Work Study opportunities to its students. Some students even find a way to earn relevant career experience by matching their degree program with on-campus student jobs.

    • Are you interested in marketing and sales? Perhaps a job in the UAA Bookstore is for you?
    • Thinking about becoming a teacher? Working as a tutor in the UAA Learning Resource Center would be a great way to gain experience in an education-related area.

These are just a few ways you can make FWS student employment work contribute toward your present and future goals. That's not all, there are many other offices and departments around campus to consider.  

Apply for Federal Work Study Today

  • Step 1: Fill out the FAFSA
    The Financial Aid Checklist will walk you step-by-step through the process of applying for federal aid. When filling out the FAFSA, make sure to specify that you would like to be considered for aid other than grants.
  • Step 2: Accept your awards
    Once UAA receives a copy of your FAFSA Student Aid Report (SAR) you will be able to check your FWS eligibility on UAOnline in the Financial Aid Award area. 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. 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.
  • 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.

    *Please be aware - if FWS appears as an accepted award, along with your other financial aid resources, this money will never disburse to your student account to cover tuition/fee charges. Payment occurs via an external Human Resources process as you work and earn wages.

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.

What is Federal Work-Study?

Click the photo below to access a PowerPoint presentation to learn additional  FWS details, such as interview tips and pay rates for UAA student jobs. 

woman staring at a blackboard that says jobs

Fill out a FAFSA today and take advantage of the FWS program!



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