Federal Work Study
What is Federal Work-Study
Federal Work-Study Program is a federally funded program providing students with part-time employment. Only students who are awarded FWS in their financial aid package are eligible for this program. FWS awards are made by the Financial Aid Office based on need and funds currently available. It is awarded through FAFSA so students interested in it are encouraged to fill it out as early as possible, indicating that they wish to receive Work-Study in order to be considered. There are many factors involved in determining who is awarded work-study so it is not guaranteed every year.
Unlike most financial aid where it is paid directly to the institution, Work-Study is paid to you as you earn it. The pay you will receive can be saved up and used for expenses you may incur as a student such as books, bills or social events.
The Beacon College Work-Study Program has two options. On-Campus and Off-Campus jobs.
On-Campus jobs differ depending on the department, some positions are clerical helping support the office staff, some are a little more technical such as research and lab assistants. Overall there is a large variety of jobs so finding one that suits your needs and tastes shouldn’t be a problem. Keep in mind that major related positions can go fast so there is no guarantee that you will get one. Pay in on-campus positions is variable starting at the state minimum wage and increases based on the type of job and work it requires.
Off-Campus positions are available with various non-profit organizations. Keep in mind students in these positions will need to provide themselves with transportation to their job site.
One thing you do need to keep in mind is that your work-study is a real job and you will be expected to take it seriously. Even though study is in the title of the program, you are not paid to study.
Important FWS Information for Incoming Students
Steps for the Fall and Spring
Returning Students – Those that have been employed through the FWS program before or those switching jobs may come to the Career Development Office as early as first day of orientation to pick up the Referral Card.
New students – Those who have never had an FWS job at Beacon College before may begin the required hiring paperwork as early as the first day of orientation.
- Complete W-4 and I-9 documents. If you would like you may drop off your I-9 and W-4 with Financial Aid. (Make sure to bring the documents from step 3)
- Read FWS Student Handbook and FAQs
- Bring completed documents to Financial Aid along with the necessary ORIGINAL identification documents as listed on the 3rd page of the I-9 document. Examples of Acceptable forms (See page 3 of I-9 document for complete list):
- Driver’s License AND Social Security Card
- Driver’s License AND Birth Certificate
Note: All identification documents must be originals. No photocopies or faxes will be accepted. Please do not mail the documents in. We must obtain your completed documents and view your original identifications at the same time and in person.
- Obtain your referral card and begin your job search.
The Federal Work-Study (FWS) Program is a federally funded program providing students with part-time employment. Only students who are awarded FWS in their financial aid package are eligible for this program. FWS awards are made by the Financial Aid Office based on need and dependent upon available funds. It is recommended that students complete and return their FAFSA form early so that they can be considered for FWS. The program has two options, On-Campus & Community Service.
Florida Work Experience Program
What is Florida Work Experience (FWEP)
FWEP is a program funded by the State of Florida which partners eligible students with employers in their major area of study. FWEP provides eligible Florida students work experience that will complement and reinforce their educational and career goals. This gives students eligible for Federal Work Study the opportunity to gain professional experience while attending school.
Beacon College Program Eligibility Requirements
- Students must be Florida Residents enrolled at Beacon College and pursuing their first undergraduate degree.
- Must have unmet financial need as indicated by your Financial Aid package for the current academic year.
- Maintain full-time enrollment and maintain a 2.5 GPA at Beacon College.
If you meet the requirements above and are interested, register with Financial Aid. Let us know your full name, major field of study, anticipated graduation, and the semester you are interested in starting the program.