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Federal Work Study Student Responsibilities

Federal Work Study (FWS) is a real job where you are given the opportunity to gain valuable work experience and the flexibility of working around your class schedule. You will be paid for the hours you actually work. As a FWS employee you are expected to:

1. Find a job before the expiration date on your FWS Authorization Form.

2. Use your FWS balance sheet to keep track of your earnings. FWS earnings are limited to the amount of your award and cannot be exceeded. Notify your employer(s) when you are approaching the award amount limit.

3. Notify your employer(s) immediately of any revisions made to the FWS award amount.

4. Maintain proper enrollment and satisfactory academic progress standards.

5. Report to work as scheduled and perform all assigned duties.

6. Notify your employer(s) if you need to change your work schedule due to class projects and/or exams. Your employer(s) must approve work schedule changes.

7. Follow your employer's rules of personal conduct for employees and comply with dress code policies.

8. Record only the hours worked. Do not exceed 30 work hours per week while classes are in session and 40 work hours per week during vacation periods and periods of non-enrollment.

9. Submit timesheets according to the schedule established by your employer(s). You cannot be paid if a timesheet is not processed.

10. Contact the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid (OSFA) to request a duplicate FWS Authorization Form if you will work in more than one FWS job. If you are going to work in more than one FWS job, you must inform all of your employers so that your FWS award and hours can be coordinated between all of your employers.

11. Submit next year's Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) no later than March 1st to meet the priority service deadline and maximize your aid eligibility.

  • Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid, P.O. Box 210066, Tucson, AZ 85721
  • Phone: 520.621.1858
  • Fax: 520.621.9473