Federal Work Study (FWS)

Federal Work Study (FWS) is a job program that provides part-time jobs to eligible students either on or off campus. Students must be awarded a FWS job by the Office of Financial Aid to participate in this program.

The Federal Work-Study Program (FWS) is a "need based" part-time work program which allows students to earn money to help pay educational expenses. Students must indicate on their FAFSA that they are interested in FWS in order to be considered. The amount shown on the student's PAWS account is the maximum amount available to earn on the FWS program. FWS will not be available at registration for the payment of fees. FWS student employees will be paid twice per month. The maximum award allows student employees to work up to 20 hours per week.


FWS: Frequently Asked Questions

▼   I have been awarded FWS. How much FWS do I have?
The amount you are authorized to earn is listed on your Award Notification on PAWS. You may work and earn up to the total FWS award amount each term. You may not exceed the awarded amount.
▼   What is the rate of pay?
$8.25 per hour for on-campus FWS; $9.50 per hour for off-campus FWS.
▼   How do I get the money?
Students are paid bi-weekly for actual hours worked. Payday is every other Friday. Time sheets must be signed by the student and supervisor, and they must be submitted to Payroll by the Friday before payday.
▼   How do I find a job?
Available jobs are listed on the Job Database. Select a job, note the supervisor and location, then contact the supervisor to request an interview.
▼   Where are the jobs located?
Jobs are located on the USA campus or in Mobile County public elementary schools. The job list will indicate the location.
▼   Can I have more than one job on campus or through FWS?
Yes, you may have a Work-Study job as well as a Student Assistant job.