Federal Work Study for Students


Federal Work Study (FWS) is a form of need-based federal student aid that is earned by working part-time, on campus, while attending school.


  • Complete the FAFSA.
  • Must be an undergraduate or graduate student – excludes Global Aviation and Distance Education students.
  • Must demonstrate financial need.
  • Enroll in at least 6 credits (for undergraduate) or 4.5 credits (for graduate) each semester FWS is used.
  • Must meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) standards
  • Eligible to legally work in the United States.

Award Amount

  • Award amounts vary.
  • Priority for FWS is given to students who have been awarded and have earned funding from FWS in the prior Academic Year.
  • If you do not earn the full amount of your award in the year, the unearned portion is forfeit.

How it's Received

  • You receive your FWS through compensation for the work you perform as a part-time employee of UVU.
  • The official pay dates are the 1st and the 16th of each month.
  • All pay stubs are available online through myUVU.
  • All employees are paid on a two week lag pay cycle; meaning your first paycheck will be approximately one month after you have started working.

FWS Checklist

For Students


Apply For Federal Student Aid



Apply For Federal Work Study (FWS)


FWS funding for the 2022-2023 year has all been awarded and we are no longer accepting applications for FWS at this time. 


Accept FWS Award


Once your FWS has been offered, you must accept it in your myUVU student account.

  • Log in to myUVU
  • Go to students
  • Paying for my education
  • Under the Financial Aid & Scholarships header, click on My Financial Aid
  • Select the appropriate Award Year
  • Award Offer


Enroll In At Least 6 Credits Each Semester


To be eligible for your FWS you must be enrolled in at least six credit hours each semester in which you wish to be employed as a work study employee.


Apply For FWS Jobs


Once you have accepted your FWS award, a list of available work study jobs will be emailed to the email account you have designated as your preferred email in myUVU. This email will be sent every Tuesday and Friday.

To apply, click on the link provided in the email for the position(s) for which you would like to be considered, and complete the online application.




Departments will review applications, conduct interviews, and hire work study employees in accordance with the UVU Human Resources policy and procedures.

HR Jobs


Accept A FWS Position


After being interviewed, if you are offered a work study position by the department, you can choose to accept or reject the position.


You must have a FWS position secured by the following deadlines:

  • *Fall 2021: September 30, 2021
  • *Spring 2022: February 28, 2022


*Deadlines may be changed due to additional awarding later in the year. If awarded, please review your myUVU FWS Award email for your specific deadline. 

Continued Eligibility

Once awarded, you must accept your FWS award and have a job by the following deadlines each year:

  • Fall: September 30, 2021
  • Spring: February 28, 2022

In addition to accepting the award and getting a job by the deadline, you must:

  • Complete a new FAFSA each award year.
  • Meet Satisfactory Academic Progress each semester.
  • Meet all other eligibility requirements.


The Financial Aid and Scholarships Office may cancel your work study award, and you must cease employment as a work study employee, for the following reasons:

  • If your federal student aid eligibility changes
  • If you drop below six credits,  completely withdraw or cease to be enrolled in an eligible degree
  • If you fail to enroll in at least six credits each semester in which you wish to be employed as a work study employee
  • If you meet your work study award maximum for the year

A supervisor may terminate a work study employee for a breach of behavior, inadequate performance, or any other seriously unsatisfactory situation. If a supervisor wishes to terminate a student, he or she must present the reasons for dismissal to Human Resources.

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