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Employers' Guide to the Federal Work Study Program at UVM

The Federal Work Study Program is funding granted by the federal government to aid individuals with financial need in achieving a college education. Federal Work Study assists employers by paying a portion of a students' hourly wages, with the employer paying the remaining balance.

UVM departments and public or private nonprofit organizations, submit an agreement and be approved by the Student Financial Services office. Employers are encouraged to develop Work Study positions that will provide students with meaningful learning experiences and help meet their educational or career goals, without displacing or replacing regular employees.

The Federal Work Study Program is available for the academic year which runs from the first day of classes thtough last day of exams in the spring semester. Students are eligible for the program based on financial need and are awarded up to a maximum of $1,600for the academic year. Students participating in the FWS program are strongly encouraged to avoid earning more than half of their full year FWS award in the fall semester for the below reasons:

  • Committing ample time towards their academics
  • Maintaining structure/balance in their weekly schedule
  • Consistent earnings as opposed to having too much and then too little
  • In the event their enrollment status changes for the spring, any amount that they’ve earned over half of their full year award will be charged to the department in which they were hired

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Last modified January 25 2016 02:30 PM