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Federal Work Study

The Federal Work Study (FWS) employment program is funded by the Federal Government. It is intended to promote and encourage part-time employment of students to assist the University and its surrounding community.

FWS may be available for students who meet the priority deadline date and the Federal Government's eligibility criteria. This program allows students to earn money to assist in paying for educational expenses. These awards are not available to pay tuition and fees because they are earned throughout the semester.

Applying for FWS

In order to receive FWS you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year. The priority deadline is February 1; however, funds may be depleted before the priority deadline is met. Therefore, you should apply as soon as possible after the FAFSA opens October 1.

Recipients must be in good academic standing, be enrolled at least half-time and have financial aid need.

Job Placement

If awarded FWS, it will be included in your award notification via AP e-mail and listed with your Financial Aid award in AP OneStop. You will need to accept the offer online through AP OneStop within 14 days of your award notification. You should call the Financial Aid office at (931) 221-7907 to schedule an appointment for job placement


Income earned through FWS does not have to be repaid. The hourly wage is determined by the department. Students are paid strictly by the hour on a bi-weekly schedule. Earnings from FWS will be direct deposited into the student's designated banking account.

Student Responsibilities 

The Student must:

You must stop working once you have earned your award limit. If you wish to be re-assigned, you will need to call the Financial Aid Office at (931) 221-7907 for a new placement contract.

Department Responsibilities

The department must submit the completed Placement Form along with a copy of the job description to the Office of Student Financial Aid.

The department supervisor and the student will receive an email from Human Resources with an approved start date. You may not allow the student to start before approval from HR or work during class time.

The department supervisor must: