Federal Work Study
Federal Work Study (FWS) is not a scholarship, but a chance to earn money for college. Please note that the University of West Georgia (UWG) does not guarantee that any student who qualifies for the Federal Work Study Program will be given a job.
Federal Work Study cannot be included toward payment of the upcoming semester bill since it depends on the student securing a position and working the hours during the upcoming semester.
Federal Work Study is a federally funded program that awards up to $2,000 per academic year (Fall/Spring) based on need as determined by the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and available funding. This program provides an opportunity to apply for part-time on and off-campus jobs for qualifying undergraduate students. Qualifying graduate students may also be awarded FWS funding upon request.
Federal Work Study is an opportunity to work and earn income while in school. By working, students gain experience, develop new skills, and earn money to meet their educational and living expenses. You are currently eligible to apply for a FWS position if you received an Award Letter from Financial Aid. After receiving Federal Work Study funds, students are required to secure employment through UWG Student Employment, a position is not guaranteed.
If you have questions concerning your Federal Work Study eligibility please contact Enrollment Service Center at 678-839-6140.
Restrictions for Federal Work Study Workers -
- Maximum Work Hours – Federal Work Study students are limited to 20 hours of work per week in order to maintain concentration on their studies. During academic breaks and holidays, students may work a maximum of 40 hours with supervisor approval. Kind in mind that Federal Work Study students cannot exceed their allotted Federal Work Study amount.
- Multiple Positions – A FWS student cannot have more than one FWS position at a time. FWS students may be employed in more than one student position in multiple departments on campus provided that they comply with the work hour restriction stated above. Meaning the student could have one FWS position and one student assistant (SA) position but not two FWS positions at one time.
- Summer Semester – For FWS students to be eligible to work during the summer semester, the student must have FWS funds for the summer and must be enrolled in at least one class. It doesn’t matter if it is in May, June or July. The “20 Hour Rule” does not apply during the summer; students can work up to 40 hours through the summer with supervisor approval. For a student to be considered for FWS funds for the summer, a student must apply through Ban Web. Summer FWS is not automatically given to students who qualify; a student must request the funds.