Work Study FAQ

Students have a lot of questions about Federal Work Study. Below, we have a few of the frequently asked questions. 

I applied for Financial Aid using FAFSA and I didn't get Work Study. Why?

The funding for Work Study goes very fast, so apply early in October for the following academic year. Awards are need-based and are made to students who marked on the FAFSA that they are interested in work study. To the best extent possible, awards are made on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

What if someone does not use their Work Study award? Can it be given to someone else? 

Awards are made with the understanding that some students may not attend or accept their awards, so even if some students do not use their awards, funds may not be available to re-award

I have been awarded Work Study. When will I receive information to find my job?

You will receive an email to your FSU email account with information on how to find a job. The email will not go out until you accept your award and complete all required financial aid verification requests (see your To Do List)

I received a Work Study award and I DO NOT want it. What should I do?

You should decline the award per term/semester through the financial aid award screen, or contact the Office of Financial Aid. If you cancel your work study online your award is cancelled for both Fall AND Spring. If you need to cancel Fall but want to work the Spring term, please contact our office. You should decline the award per term/semester through the financial aid award screen, or contact the Office of Financial Aid. If you cancel your work study online your award is cancelled for both Fall AND Spring. If you need to cancel Fall but want to work the Spring term, please contact our office.

Are there advantages to participating in Work Study?

YES! Work Study jobs offer more flexible schedules than most off-campus jobs, putting your education first. Also, the dollars you earn to help meet your college expenses will not be counted as income for your financial aid eligibility determination next year. You will get on-the-job experience that will give you an edge in the job market after graduation. Also, working with accomplished professionals in your field of choice will provide you with valuable references for the future.

How do I view Job Listings?

  1. Make sure you have accepted your FWS award (View your award and make sure that the Accept amount is equal to the Offer amount)
  2. If your financial aid is complete (no other documents outstanding on your "To Do" list) then you should receive an email with job search information with the subject: "Financial Aid Federal Work Study"
  3. Log into your account (you must be logged in to view the job listings)
  4. Review the information in this email, and click on the job listing link
  5. You should see this heading:

  6. Review the jobs listed and apply to those you are most interested in. You can and should apply for more than one job.
    1. Attach a copy of your work study authorization form to each online application
    2. If you have a resume (recommended but optional), attach that as well to the online application
    3. Keep a list of the job listings that you have applied to (job number, title, and date that you applied)
    4. If you do not hear from the department in 7-14 days, please contact them to check on the status of your application

The job listing link did not work. What should I do?

  1. If you are on a mobile browser - go to a computer instead
  2. If you are on a computer - clear cache and try the link below
    • Cache is a way a computer browser "remembers" a page you have visited and saves certain structural information to speed things up the next time you visit.
    • If you are on a Windows computer, you can clear your cache by pressing CTRL+SHIFT+DEL all at the same time. That should bring up a menu to allow you to clear cache for a specified amount of time. It is not necessary to clear history or logins (that is up to you)

If you continue to experience issues - please contact the work study staff at

What types of on-campus jobs are available under Work Study?

Anything from clerical work to computer programming. Some jobs are "pre-professional" in nature - good experience for learning the basics of a career. Some are related to recreational pursuits, some related to business, science, or other career fields.

Are all jobs on campus?

No, there are off-campus community service jobs with non-profit or governmental agencies , i.e. Southern Scholarship Foundation, Tallahassee Parks and Recreation, Tallahassee Urban League. Students interested in off-campus community service placements should contact the Office of Financial Aid at (850) 644-5716 for more information.

Can I work two Work Study jobs?

No, students can only work one Work Study job.

Can I work an OPS job and a Work Study job?

Yes, but the combined hours cannot exceed 28 hours in one work week (Friday - Thursday).

How many hours can I work?

Work hours are arranged between you and your employer. Usually it takes 10 - 12 hours a week to earn your award amount for a semester. You should not work over 28 hours per week and you cannot work over your award amount, which is your work study earnings limit.

How can I calculate my Work Study earnings?

You can use the following spreadsheet to keep track of the number of hours you have worked and your resulting earnings: FWS Tracking Hours Earned Worksheet Fall 2021 - Spring 2022

How will I receive a check and how much will I make per hour?

When your hired, you will set-up your direct deposit for your FSU paycheck and submit your work hours in the FSU OMNI payroll system to get paid biweely. The salary range for Work Study positions is the minimum wage of $10.00 per hour to $12.00 per hour; each job falls within a certain range. You and your employer should agree on an hourly rate depending on your skills and job responsibilities. Higher rates will be considered for jobs requiring advanced degrees and/or skills.

How much will I earn on each paycheck?

Your pay will be based on the number of hours worked and reported each biweekly pay period, multiplied by the hourly rate.

 Is Work Study money taxable?

Yes, it is taxable income and you will receive a W-2 at the end of the year to file your taxes. Your W-2 will be available on the OMNI system for you to print in January.

Should I show Work Study earnings on my Financial Aid Application for the following year?

If you filed a tax return for the year requested and it included work study earnings, report the tax information exactly as it is on your tax form, or use the Data Retrieval Tool to allow the IRS to transfer information to the FAFSA. You should then note any work study earnings in the question on Students Additional Financial Information (this allows it to be deducted from the calculation of your contribution for the year). Be sure to only report earnings for that tax year (i.e. if you are reporting for tax year 2020 – report earnings from January 2020-December 2020).

Is a Work Study job hard to get?

No. If you have trouble locating a job after reviewing the online job listing, contact the Office of Financial Aid and we will assist you in finding an open position.

If there is a department with a Work Study position that will hire me, but I don't have Work Study. What can I do?

You can check with the Office of Financial Aid to see if you are eligible for work study and if funds are available, we may be able to update your award. If you are not eligible, or if no additional funding is available, you can ask the department if they can hire you through different funding. Non-work study part-time job listings at FSU can be found at FSU

Are there weekend and evening jobs with the Work Study?

Yes. Check in the job listing under scheduled hours or contact the hiring department.

Do I need to apply for Work Study every year in order to receive it?

Yes, you must apply for Financial Aid every year by completing the FAFSA - apply as soon as the application becomes available (October 1).

Can you use Work Study money to pay tuition?

No. Funds are not awarded in advance. You must work to earn the award and you won't receive your first paycheck until after the deadline for paying tuition.

I did not earn all of my Fall Work Study award. Can I transfer the remainder to Spring?

Please check with the Work Study office to see if it is possible to transfer over any unearned earnings to the Spring.

Do you have Work Study in the Summer?

Work Study is generally not available in the Summer. Check with the Office of Financial Aid in April to see if Work Study is available for the Summer term.

If I have questions on Work Study, who can I contact?

You can email our office at or call Jean Mills (850) 644-4480.

Last updated 1/10/2023
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