Types of Aid - Student Employment

Your UWF financial aid package will be made up of a combination of awards depending on your academic standing and your financial need. Awards including scholarships, grants, loans, and federal work-study opportunities are all part of what makes a UWF education affordable.

Graduate Assistantships

Graduate Assistantships are available in many departments across campus.  Please contact Graduate Admissions or your academic department regarding availability.  Graduate Assistants are paid bi-weekly and some receive partial tuition waivers. 

Other Personal Services (OPS) Student Employment

There are many opportunities for students to be employed on campus outside of the Federal Work-Study program. Student job opportunities are posted on the Human Resources website under Student Employment. Additionally, departments that hire large numbers of students post employment opportunities on their individual websites or in their office – examples include Housing Office, Food Service, and Recreation

Federal Work-Study (FWS)

A need-based federal aid program where a student is assigned an on-campus job. A small percentage of FWS funds are allocated to off-campus, non-profit community service organizations. All work-study positions are in Pensacola or at the Ft. Walton Beach campus. Awards are available to a limited number of undergraduate students enrolled at least half-time (6 hours) working on a first degree. The average award is 15 hours /week at the state minimum wage. Students are paid by check every two weeks based upon the number of hours worked during that period.

What skills will students gain from Federal Work Study?

Federal Work-Study (FWS) is a federally funded program that provides part-time, on-campus or off-campus jobs for students with financial need. The money awarded is not directly applied to students’ semester bill; instead, students will earn the awarded amount by receiving a bi-weekly paycheck based on hours worked during the pay period. 

FWS provides college students who are in financial need a chance to:

  • Learn useful skills that can be applied to their future employment.
  • Networking, professional references, professional development, etc.
  • Earn money while pursuing their degree and without negative impacts to their financial need.

FWS is employment with assigned job duties; therefore, students are not getting paid to study and/or complete homework assignments. 

A student has been awarded Federal Work Study, now what?
  • The FWS eligibility notification via email does NOT guarantee a position. Current students must apply online and be successfully hired for an open position.
  • After a student submits their resume to the hiring supervisor, the supervisor will review the resumes and contact students directly if they are interested in them for the opening. 
  • The supervisor will contact the student applicant if an interview is required.
  • After the supervisor makes a decision, he/she will contact the student applicant to advise the student of the hiring decision.
  • Students will work with their supervisor to determine their work schedule. 
  • Students should contact the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships for questions regarding their eligibility for a FWS award.
How is eligibility for work study determined?
  1. A student must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by the priority deadline published on the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarship’s website. If randomly selected for verification, all verification forms with appropriate income tax documentation must be submitted. Any other documentation requirements not associated with verification must also be completed. Returning students must complete this procedure each academic year.
  1. A student must be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen.
  2. A student must demonstrate financial need. Details on how financial need is calculated can be found at How Financial Aid is Determined.
  3. A student must be a degree seeking student enrolled at least half-time (i.e., no less than 6 eligible credit hours).
  4. A student must be working towards completion of their first undergraduate degree.
  5. A student must be maintaining UWF’s Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) policy. Details regarding the SAP policy can be viewed at Satisfactory Academic Progress
Types of Federal Work Study Employment Opportunities
  1. On-campus Employment – job in an academic or administrative area on-campus. This job opportunity does not require you to have transportation.  Available jobs include front desk in Argo Central, Library positions and office assistant in a department.
  2. Off-campus Community Employment – job with a community partner at an off-campus location.  You will be able to choose from a list of local agencies, and you will need to have transportation.  Community partners include, Gulf Islands National Seashore, Sacred Heart Hospital, Pensacola Museum of Art, American Cancer Society, West Florida Heathcare and others.
  3. On-campus Research Employment – job working with a UWF faculty member contributing to a research inquiry or investigation. The program will prioritize students new to research, particularly underclassmen.  Benefits of these research positions include the development of valuable research experience and career preparation skills.  Available jobs include research projects in Criminology & Criminal Justice; Legal Studies, Public Administration & Sports Management; Nursing; Biology; and Earth & Environmental Sciences, among other departments. These positions will include “RESEARCH POSITION” in the job title.  
How is federal work study eligibility determine for current students?
  1. Current students are notified of their eligibility to participate via their UWF Gmail account by the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships. Email notifications typically start early-to-mid-April. Students are provided detailed instructions on where and how to apply. If a student has not been notified, they are ineligible for various reasons.
  2. If you are hired your supervisor will notify our office, and the FWS funds will be added to your financial aid package. If the addition of FWS funds impacts your previously awarded amounts, you will be notified when you receive a ‘revised award’ notification via email.
  3. If you believe you have met the eligibility requirements but did not receive an eligibility notification, please contact finaid@uwf.edu with questions. 
What to expect after being hired.
  • All hired and assigned students must complete the online FWS orientation. More information will be provided once our office is notified that you have been hired or once your assignment has been determined. Orientation must be completed prior to your first day of work.
  • Students must complete all necessary new hire paperwork with the Human Resources Office or their direct supervisor. All paperwork must be completed prior to your first day of work.
  • Students cannot begin work prior to the first day of the fall semester.  Likewise, students cannot work after the last day of the spring semester.