Federal Work Study (FWS)

In partnership with Averett’s Center for Community Engagement and Career Competitiveness (CCECC) and Human Resources, we have streamlined all job descriptions, attached learning goals to each job description so that your position will help prepare you better for the post-Averett job market, and we have moved the posting of these positions and the application process to our online Handshake system. Every student, faculty, and staff member has a Handshake account, but you will need to make sure it is activated by going to Once activated, you will be able to search positions, upload resumes, and apply for the position by contacting the listed supervisor. All supervisors are encouraged to download the resumes and work with the CCECC to develop an interview process for your positions, if needed. Some logistics to keep in mind:

  1. If you are a federal work study student returning to the position you held last year, there is no need to reapply, but you must have confirmed with your supervisor that you are in fact returning to that position. Supervisors, once confirmed, please let the financial aid office know so that we can have an accurate count of positions that need advertised.
  2. All students applying for a new position will need to upload a resume to Handshake (if you need help email the CCECC contacts listed above), search 3 positions that best fit your career goals, and apply for each position via Handshake. To apply, simply click the apply button within Handshake. You should receive an email or phone call from the supervisor to schedule an interview via phone call, Zoom, or in person. Once hired, you will then complete the FWS paperwork packet that MUST be completed BEFORE you begin working. If you have further questions regarding a specific positions and its duties, please contact the supervisor for that position. Remember to visit Handshake to activate your account, to view open federal work-study positions, and to apply for them.

Employment Regulations

The Federal Work Study Program can start and end anytime throughout the fiscal year which is July 1 – June 30. If you are eligible to continue working under the program, you may work until your maximum award is met or until June 30th of the following year, whichever is first. Earnings from Work-Study can’t exceed the total Federal Work-Study award which is indicated on your official award letter. Students are only allowed to work up to 20 hours per week. When assigning work hours, an employer will consider the student’s class schedule and his/her academic progress. Students may not work until the employee packet has been completed, certified, and confirmed by the Payroll Office.


Students will be paid the Federal or State the higher of the two minimum wage for the number of hours worked at the assigned campus job. Payment will be made by direct deposit ONLY. Student MUST record hours in Paylocity Payroll Online for supervisor approval. Please refer to the calendar that was given in your FWs paperwork

Note: Work-Study does not mean the student is paid for studying. Work-Study students must satisfy the employer’s requirements to be hired and maintain the job while enrolled at the University.

Send Work-Study Questions or Requests to: [email protected].