Need Based Employment Programs

FEDERAL WORK-STUDY BASICS

The Federal Work-Study (FWS) is a need-based federally funded part-time employment program, which allows eligible students to earn money to help pay for education expenses. Students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year to be considered for federal financial aid, including FWS.

  • Returning Work Study Students:Students who have been awarded any of the need-based employment programs may either return to an existing position or access Handshake database and follow the instructions to find a position. Students are awarded on a "first come" basis. Once returning students have been awarded:

    STEP 1: Access Financial Aid section of FAU Self-Service via MYFAU

    Method 1:

    1. Sign into MYFAU with your FAU credentials
    2. Click/tap the "Money Matters!" tile
    3. Click/tap the "Your Financial Aid" tile to go directly to Financial Aid within FAU Self-Service

    Method 2:

    1. Sign into MYFAU with your FAU credentials
    2. Click/tap the "FAU Self-Service" tile to access FAU Self-Service
    3. Click/tap the "Financial Aid" tab to access Financial Aid within Self-Service

    STEP 2: Accepting Offers within FAU Self-Service

    1. Click/tap the "Financial Aid Status" tile
    2. If prompted, select "Academic Year" from the drop-down list
    3. Click/tap on the "Student Requirements" tile
    4. Click/tap the "here" button as shown below
      accept offer self-service button
    5. Click/tap on the "Terms & Conditions" tab and accept terms
    6. Click/tap on the "Accept Award Offer" tab to accept/decline Work Study
  • Students who have never been awarded Federal Work Study at FAU must apply to the Office of Student Financial Aid by submitting the Need Based Employment Application. The Office of Student Financial Aid will contact you when funds are available.

FWS ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

  1. Completed FAFSA on file.
    • If you have NOT been awarded Federal Work Study, but wish to be considered, you MUST meet the following eligibility criteria (steps 2-7 below):
  2. Have already received an award offer that did not include Federal Work Study.
  3. Have an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of less than 10,000.
  4. Have unmet need. Get information on the calculation of need.
  5. Meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Requirements.
  6. Be enrolled at FAU.
  7. Submit the Need Based Employment Application to the Office of Student Financial Aid.

FLORIDA WORK EXPERIENCE PROGRAM (FWEP)

(FWEP) Fact Sheet PDF

The Florida Work Experience Program is a State of Florida funded need based program providing eligible Florida students the opportunity to secure work experiences complementary to and which reinforce the student's educational and career goals.

Recipients of the Florida Work Experience Program may work on campus in positions that complement and reinforce academic and career goals, or off campus in local public after school programs. All recipients of the FWEP program MUST be Florida Residents.

REQUIREMENTS for FWEP:

In order to be considered for the Florida Work Experience Program (FWEP), you must also meet eligibility requirements, numbers 1 through 6, listed above and submit the Need Based Employment Application. All applications are processed based on the availability of funding.

Student who have NOT been awarded any of the need-based employment programs must:

  1. Complete the Need Based Employment Application.
  2. Verify eligibility with the Office of Student Financial Aid
  3. Once eligibility is confirmed, students then access the Handshake database and find an appropriate position.

The hiring department completes the Need Based Placement Forms. The student must return these forms to the Office of Student Financial Aid, to be awarded.

WHERE TO FIND A WORK STUDY POSITION (in FAU Departments ONLY)

  1. Sign in to MYFAU
  2. Click/tap the "Financial Aid" tile
  3. Click/tap the "Handshake database" tile

EMPLOYERS: HOW TO POST WORK STUDY POSITIONS? (FAU Departments ONLY)


 

OFFICE LOCATION

Office of Student Financial Aid
Student Support Services Building SU 80 #233
Boca Raton, FL 33431

Phone: (561) 297-1250
Hours: Monday - Thursday from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM and Friday from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Send questions to Sara Hejazi at shejazi2015@fau.edu.

Need Based Employment assistance is also available on all partner campuses.