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 enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a full-time or part-time student that demonstrates financial aid is eligible 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 employment also apply to FWS.  FWS employment may not be used to replace or displace regular employees.  Moreover, if the employer is not the school itself, the school must have a written agreement with the organization providing the job. 

Last modified February 20 2015 02:52 PM