Students

Student Employment

student employees posed in polos

How to apply for On-Campus Jobs:

  1. Create a resume: Career Services can help in-person to be sure it meets requirements for immediate approval on Handshake!
  2. Upload your Resume to Handshake (If you’ve created your own resume, the Career Services staff will review it electronically and send you any feedback for improvement).
  3. Apply to on-campus job postings via Handshake.
  4. If FWS Awardee: Print your award screen from OASIS to confirm your FWS eligibility (to bring with you to potential interviews if applicable).
  5. Prepare for your interview(s) by visiting Career Services for a Mock Interview or practice using Big Interview! 

Types of On-Campus Jobs:

TSE – Temporary Student Employment are part-time positions open to all students and do not require a FWS award.

FWS – Federal Work Study jobs are for students who have been awarded FWS by the Financial Aid Office and are only available during Fall and Spring semesters.You must meet the eligibility requirements and then find a FWS job in order to earn your award money. If you already have a FWS award, see the on campus job search process above.

Federal Work Study (FWS) Overview & Requirements:

When students complete their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) they indicate if they are interested in receiving Federal Work Study.  If interested students meet certain FWS eligibility requirements, they may be awarded FWS in their financial aid award package according to the availability of funds.

FWS Requirements:

  • FAFSA Forms Required

  • January 1st Priority Deadline

  • Awarded by Financial Aid

  • Annual Maximum Amount is $5,000

  • Need based program which requires FAFSA

  • Must be Undergraduate Student, Maintain satisfactory academic progress, Minimum of 2.0 USF Cumulative GPA

  • Minimum 6 USF Active credit hours with No Drops per semester to obtain disbursement each term

    If awarded FWS, it is the student’s responsibility to secure an FWS job in order to earn their award money (*see Note below).  Career Services at USF St. Petersburg campus assists students with their self-directed job search. 

SWS – Summer Work Study is made available to eligible students who are working in an FWS job during the Spring term. Students are alerted via OASIS and must accept their summer work study award during the spring semester.

 Frequently Asked Questions

Why did Financial Aid give me a Federal Work Study (FWS) award?

When you completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), you indicated you were interested in FWS. FWS awards are based on “financial need,” as determined by the FAFSA application and satisfaction of federal and institutional requirements. For more information on eligibility, contact the Financial Aid Office at 727-873-4128 or Bayboro Hall 105.

What is FWS?

USF has a pool of money that comes from a federal grant (Department of Education), and USF contributes matching funds which are used to create jobs and pay wages to students who receive Federal Work Study (FWS) awards and who want to work part-time while going to college.

FWS funds are awarded during the Fall and Spring semesters.  You must meet the eligibility requirements and then find a FWS job in order to earn your award money.  As you work at your job, you may earn up to your award amount (and/or your employer’s available FWS funds) in the form of wages, paid bi-weekly.

Your total earnings will depend on a number of factors, such as how many hours you work, your rate of pay, the funds available to the department in which you work, etc.  Thus, it is not uncommon for students to have remaining award money that they cannot earn.  Discuss this with your supervisor if it is a concern.

What is FWS?

USF has a pool of money that comes from a federal grant (Department of Education), and USF contributes matching funds which are used to create jobs and pay wages to students who receive Federal Work Study (FWS) awards and who want to work part-time while going to college.

FWS funds are awarded during the Fall and Spring semesters.  You must meet the eligibility requirements and then find a FWS job in order to earn your award money.  As you work at your job, you may earn up to your award amount (and/or your employer’s available FWS funds) in the form of wages, paid bi-weekly.

Your total earnings will depend on a number of factors, such as how many hours you work, your rate of pay, the funds available to the department in which you work, etc.  Thus, it is not uncommon for students to have remaining award money that they cannot earn.  Discuss this with your supervisor if it is a concern.

When I work in a FWS job, do I get paid or does the university keep my pay and apply a credit toward my tuition, books, or housing?

You will receive a paycheck bi-weekly and your earnings are intended to help cover your living and educational expenses. Be sure to discuss your award amount and your hours per week with your supervisor.

If I want to take advantage of my FWS award, how do I find a job?

FWS jobs are on-campus working for various departments in Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, and other offices at USFSP that have received FWS department coverage allocation.

All departments are required to post their FWS job openings in Handshake located at usfsp.joinhandshake.com

How much do FWS jobs pay?

After reviewing the job description and nature of the work and taking into consideration the skill level of the student, hiring departments are authorized to establish the FWS hourly wage. The following job categories and pay ranges give you an example of potential pay ranges depending on the type of work you do and your experience:

General Support Pay Range: Min. Wage 
A position is considered to fall within this category if it is considered a general support role and requires minimal to no experience.  Positions in this category could include the following duties, tasks, and skills within the job description:

  • Clerical duties such as filing, record keeping, operating office machines, typing, etc.
  • General receptionist duties such as answering phones, scheduling appointments, referrals, etc.
  • General duties such as desk duties, assisting students, security, facilities maintenance, operating equipment, etc.
  • Courier duties such as mail sorting, pick-up, loading, etc.
  • General physical labor such as moving furniture, set-up, delivery, outdoors, etc.

Specialists and Technicians Pay Range: Min Wage- 17.00* per hour
A position is considered to fall within this category if it is considered to serve a specialized function which also involves more specialized training.  Positions in this category require experience and/or specialized skills which demand greater on-the-job problem solving and attention to detail.  Positions in this category could include the following duties, tasks, and skills within the job description:

  • Specialized office support and customer service duties that require complex processing and communication skills.
  • Computer skills such as upgrading equipment, database management, use of specialized software programs, etc.
  • Laboratory skills such as preparing/performing laboratory experiments, cleaning equipment, preparing solutions, use of specialized machinery/technology, etc.
  • Research skills such as collecting information, using specialized software programs, advanced data entry, etc

What happens if I plan to attend school during the summer?

During the summer, there is a separate program in place which is very similar to the FWS program; however, funding comes from institutional and state financial aid fees instead of the federal government.  The program is called Summer Work Study(SWS).  SWS has similar eligibility requirements as FWS.

The Financial Aid Office will notify you in late Spring if you may be eligible for SSE.  If notified, you must have your supervisor (or potential supervisor) complete the form provided to you by Financial Aid Office, then return the completed form to the Financial Aid Office to request to be awarded SWS.

These funds are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis according to when you arrive at the Financial Aid Office with your completed paperwork indicating you have a secured an SSE job for the summer.

What happens when I’ve earned the total amount of my FWS/SWS award (or the total amount my department can spend on FWS has been exceeded) and there are still weeks remaining in the semester?

Since your pay is being funded from the FWS grant, the hiring department must terminate your FWS/SWS job when you’ve earned the amount of your FWS/SWS award.

What if I choose not to take advantage of my FWS award because I’ve taken a job off-campus that I like and it pays more? Will my financial aid package change?

That’s your choice.  About 60% of those who receive FWS awards take advantage of them.

Can I do my homework at work?

FWS positions are just like other employment, which have requirements and expectations per the supervisor or department. Federal Work Study is a Financial Aid program intended to assist students with financing their education.

Can I be fired from my FWS job?

Yes. If you are hired, you are considered a regular USFSP employee. Like any other USFSP employee, if your supervisor feels you are not performing up to expectations, he or she has the right to terminate your appointment. This does not happen very often. Most students really enjoy their FWS jobs and the opportunity to work with members of the staff and faculty. In fact, most of the employers take an active interest in helping to mentor their FWS employees.

Are there any FWS "rules" I need to be aware of?

FWS students may not exceed 20 hours per week when classes are in session, with most students scheduling about 12-15 hours per week. Undergraduate students must be enrolled for at least 6 semester hours (half-time). If you drop some classes and fall below half-time, your FWS appointment may be terminated.

You must maintain a minimum overall USF GPA of 2.0.

If you plan on attending summer school sessions, there will be an opportunity to apply for a separate summer SWS award.  Begin to look for this opportunity through notification from the Financial Aid Office in the latter part of the Spring term.  Any of your unused FWS award money from Fall/Spring cannot be carried over to your summer term.

Also, in the very rare situations where supervisors feel students have intentionally violated USFSP rules and policy, they will refer the matter to the appropriate agencies (Student Relations, Student Judicial Services, USFSP Human Resources Office, or the University Police) for investigation and disciplinary action as appropriate.

 And if I have more questions…

  • See your Financial Aid Advisor in the Financial Aid Office in Bayboro Hall 105 for any questions related to your eligibility for an FWS award, or any adjustments to your award, or call (727) 873-4128.
  • If you have any questions about job searching, stop by the Career Services to speak with a staff member or call (727) 873-4129.
  • See your supervisor if you have questions concerning hours worked, pay, time off, job performance
  • For questions about how to receive an FWS award, contact the Financial Aid Office.