student employee working with a group of young students at the fleming museum

Federal Work-Study (FWS) is a need-based financial aid award that provides student employment opportunities to help defray expenses associated with attending college.

FWS is awarded in combination with other aid to meet financial need.

Am I eligible?

Undergraduate, graduate, or professional degree students who are enrolled or accepted for enrollment at least half-time and demonstrate financial need may be eligible.

International, Global Gateway, or Non-Degree students cannot be considered for FWS.

How do I get work-study?

  1. File the FAFSA
  2. Accept your FWS award and become hired into a position through the Student Employment Jobs Board (JobX) by the important deadline listed below.

Your FWS position isn't secure until both steps have been completed.

Important Deadlines

Student must be listed as a hire in the Student Employment Jobs Board (JobX)

Fall only or full academic year awarded students:
October 1 by 4:30 PM

Spring only awarded students:
February 15 by 4:30 PM



Note: If you were awarded FWS for the academic year and wish to work for the spring semester only, you need to email SFS by October 1 to request the spring portion of your award only. Otherwise, your full academic year award will be canceled and cannot be re-instated due to limited funding.

As long as you have been listed as a hire in JobX by the deadlines above, you are eligible to be hired for up to two additional FWS jobs.

When can I work?

FWS is available during the academic year which begins on the first day of fall semester classes and ends on the last day of spring exams. Fall only FWS ends on the last day of fall exams.

Students are encouraged to create a work schedule to achieve the following:

  • commit ample time towards academics
  • maintain structure & balance in weekly schedule
  • earn consistent wages throughout each semester

Students should not earn more than half of their full year award in the fall semester due to semester based awarding and potential changes to a financial aid award.

Remaining fall semester earning eligibility will carry forward into the spring semester.  Students awarded for fall and spring semesters, are able to work over winter break. 

Work study earnings

Work study earnings are not applied to your UVM student account.  Earnings are payable to you in a bi-weekly payroll.  Direct deposit is mandatory and until this is established, paychecks are printed and available in the payroll office located at 237 Waterman. We encourage students to prepare a budget to help plan anticipated income and expenses.

The State of Vermont determines the minimum wage each year, effective January 1. The SEO recommends that supervisors use the Pay Level guideline located in the Helpful Documents folder of the Jobs Board to initiate and sustain fair wage practices.

  • There are no wage maximum pay rates per hour and employers are encouraged to track student award earnings in order to schedule remaining balances accordingly.  

Departments that wish to continue employing a student after they have earned their full FWS award must be hired through the Jobs Boards as an hourly employee.


Non-Work Study Employment

If you haven't been awarded FWS or have chosen not to apply for need-based Federal financial aid, you can still work. Jobs opportunities are available on- and off-campus. If you're eligible, you may work as a university hourly student employee. 


students awarded Federal Work Study in 2018