University of Vermont

Student Employment Office


UVM Federal Work Study Program

What is Federal Work Study?

Federal Work Study (FWS) is a form of financial aid that provides employment opportunities to help students meet educationally related expenses. FWS is awarded in combination with other aid programs to meet students’ financial needs.  An undergraduate, graduate or professional degree student that is accepted for part of full-time enrollment, and who demonstrates financial need may be eligible for FWS. International, Global Gateway and/ or Continuing Education students cannot be considered for FWS.

All FWS employment is governed by employment conditions (including pay) that are appropriate and reasonable according to the type of work performed, the geographic region, and the employee’s proficiency. Federal, state, and local laws governing regular employees. Moreover, if the employer is not the school itself, the school must have a written agreement with the organization providing the job. In addition to these governances, each institution has the ability to incorporate processes that align with their financial aid practices. Some examples of UVM’s processes are:

-    The UVM FWS program is academic year based (no summer term)
-    The deadline for a student to secure a fall or full year work study position is October 1; and is February 15 for spring only
-    Off-campus partnerships are created with non-profit organizations only

Last modified December 01 2015 04:12 PM