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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 qualified students' hourly wages, with the employer paying the remaining balance.

The University of Vermont's Student Financial Services Office determines the percentage split each year. In the case of America Reads and America Counts, a student's hourly wage is paid entirely with Federal funds.

To qualify for the program, an employer must be a UVM department or a public or private nonprofit organization, 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 first day of classes to last day of exams in the spring semester. Students are eligible for the program based on financial need and are permitted to work up to 20 hours per week during school sessions or during any full week when classes are not in session. In the event a student depletes his or her award, the employer may either terminate the student employee or assume 100% of the hourly wage cost thereafter. 

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Last modified August 23 2013 02:30 PM