Federal Work Study Overview
In order to obtain an FWS position, students must possess an award from the University Scholarships and Financial Aid Services (USFAS) office.
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. this award can be viewed in a student's OASIS account. If awarded FWS, it is the student's responsibility to secure an FWS job (most likely on campus, but some are off-campus community service-oriented positions) in order to earn their award money. Students' awards are earned in the form of paychecks every other week. USF Career Services assists students with their self-directed job search as outlined below. Please note: For questions about how to receive an FWS award, contact the University Scholarships and Financial Aid Services (USFAS) office.
Students should discuss their hours with their department/supervisor in order to determine how much of their award they can earn. Since departments are given limited funding to which they must adhere, departments are not required to ensure students earn their full award amount.
- Accept your FWS award in OASIS.
- Read FWS Frequently Asked Questions.
Search for Jobs
- On-campus jobs at USF are advertised through our Human Resources' website: Careers@USF. To see available jobs, go to usf.edu > click on "Work at USF" > click on "Find Student Jobs" > next, choose "Browse Job Openings" in the menu on the left > finally, select "Access Careers@USF."
- Click on "New User" in the upper right corner of the Careers Home website to create an account if this is your first visit. Otherwise choose the "Sign In" option. You'll need an active account to apply for jobs.
- Use the "Job Families" filter to choose "Student Employment" or "FWS Student" jobs. Use the "Locations" filter to search jobs by campus. Remember to hit "Search after selecting filters.
Read Job Descriptions and Prepare Your Application
- 40,000 students on campus means you have competition for any job. Make yourself a stand-out candidate by getting help from Career Services early and having a strategic plan when applying to positions.
- Create a tailored resume for each job applied for.
- Address your cover letter to the hiring manager of the department for which you are applying. You should find the contact info for the department at the bottom of each job posting. If not, please contact Jennifer Utroska in our office.
- Complete the Careers@USF general application and check for spelling and grammar errors. Don't leave any fields blank - use N/A if necessary.
- If applying to FWS jobs, you will need to provide a screenshot of your award to attach to the application. Login to my.usf.edu > My Resources > OASIS > Financial Aid > My Award and Loan Information > Award Overview and your award will be shown as a line item in your financial aid package. Take a print screen of the award and save it.
- You may also be asked to provide your class schedule. Find this at my.usf.edu > My Resources > OASIS > Registration > Week at a Glance.
- Careers@USF only lets you attach one document to each position you apply to. Make sure your general application is updated, then combine all of your additional documents into one PDF and upload it with your application.
- Use Career Express during your part-time job search. Trained students will give you feedback on your resume and cover letter as well as provide interview tips. You will find the same services at the Library (first floor).
Do You Need Help?
- Start by exploring the Part-Time Job Search Guide.
- Use Career Express (our walk-in service) for quick critiques of your resume and cover letter.
- Still have questions? Contact Jennifer Utroska, our Student Employment Coordinator.
One Last Thing
- Students often do the best at balancing work and school if they limit their job hours to 15-20 a week.
- If you get a position on-campus, you'll need to have the right documentation to fill out your I-9 form. Check out the documents that you could use at uscis.gov/i-9. Make sure you have access to a voided check or bank document with an account number and routing number so that you can set up automatic deposit.