Center for Career & Professional Development

Federal Work Study

What is “work-study”?

USF receives Federal funds from a Department of Education grant. USF contributes matching funds that are used to create jobs for students who receive Federal Work Study (FWS) awards and want to work part-time while going to college.

How do I find out if I am eligible for work-study?

To find out if they are eligible for work-study, students must fill out the FAFSA at and then contact a USF Financial Aid representative. The financial aid office is located in room C107 and can be contacted ServiceNow.

If I choose to take advantage of my work-study award and get a job, does that mean it’s a job where I can also study while I’m at work?

No. Think of it as any other job, except that your pay comes from the federal work-study grant. As in any job, your employer will expect you to successfully perform the required duties of the position. Since your supervisor will be a member of the USF staff and faculty, they will understand the importance of your academic goals, and will provide some flexibility with your work schedule.

What if I don’t find a position on Handshake?

Contact the Center for Career & Professional Development at for assistance in helping you secure employment on campus.

What must I do once I am offered the position?

The supervisor will write you a letter of job offer. Take a copy of this signed letter to Human Resources and schedule an appointment to complete your new hire paperwork (you can contact Carolyn Dyson at or 941-359-4224). 

To complete new hire paperwork, the student will need to bring:

  • A printout of OASIS Award
  • A printout of the job description
  • Original documents for verification of US work authorization (see list attached to the offer letter for acceptable documents)
  • A voided check to set-up direct deposit (direct deposit is mandatory)

Please note you may not begin working prior to completing your new hire paperwork.


Can I begin my job right away?

You will negotiate your start date with your supervisor. The majority of students who elect to do “work-study” start their jobs during the first three or four weeks of classes and work until finals week of the semester. Work-study appointments may not exceed 20 hours per week when classes are in session, with most students scheduling about 12-15 hours per week. You can work up to 40 hrs. a week during USF recognized breaks.

What if I have more questions or need additional help?

For questions related to your FWS eligibility or regarding adjustments to your FWS award, contact your Financial Aid counselor.

For questions relating to finding a position on campus, contact

For questions regarding number of hours worked,scheduling, pay, time off, or job performance, contact your supervisor.