University of Vermont

Student Employment Office

About the UVM Federal Work Study Program

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 at least half-time and demonstrates financial need may be eligible for FWS. International, Global Gateway and/or Continuing Education students cannot be considered for FWS.

The FWS program is available for the academic year which runs from the first day of classes through the last day of exams in the spring semester. It is strongly encouraged to create a work schedule that will allow the employee to achieve the following:

  • Commit ample time towards their academics
  • Maintain structure/balance in their weekly schedule
  • Earn consistent wages as opposed to having too much and then too little

Important deadlines related to hiring an employee awarded FWS through the Student Employment Jobs Board (JobX):

  • October 1 @ 4:30 PM: deadline to hire fall only and full academic year awarded employees into their first fall/full academic year FWS position.
  • February 15 @ 4:30 PM: deadline to hire spring only awarded employess into their first spring semester FWS job.

TRUE: As long as a student has been hired into a FWS Job by the deadline, they can be hired into two additional FWS Jobs.

TRUE: Students are encouraged not to earn more than half of their full year award in the fall semester. This is due to semester based financial aid packaging and the potential of changes that may and do occur.

TRUE: PeopleSoft terminates a student's record once they've earned their FULL FWS award. Any overage within that pay period will be charged to the employing department.

TRUE: If a department would like to continue the student's employment after they've earned their full FWS award, they must hire them into a NON-FWS job through the Student Employment Jobs Board.

FALSE: There is a maximum rate/hour for work study employment positions. ANSWER: There is no wage maximum /hour, however, employers have the responsibility to keep track of the students award earnings to ensure they schedule accordingly. Any amount beyond the students award will be charged to the employing department.

FALSE: FWS Jobs are generally less important than non-FWS Jobs.

FALSE: Students awarded all FWS only are able to work during the winter break. ANSWER: FWS earning potential for the fall semester ends on the last day of fall final exams.

FALSE: PeopleSoft will place a hold on a student’s ability to earn FWS once they’ve earned half of their full year award.

Managing the work study award balance of an employee can be daunting. Access your UVM Student Employment Jobs Board account and utilize the helpful documents located on the left side of the home page.

Last modified February 17 2017 09:19 AM