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1 Federal Work Study (FWS) Division of Strategy, Marketing, Communications & Admissions Office of Student Financial Assistance

2 Agenda Purpose of Federal Work Study Eligibility Requirements Completing the FAFSA Definition of Need/Cost of Attendance Maintaining Eligibility for FWS Program Eligibility Charts Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy FWS Program Requirements/Limitations FWS Student Responsibilities Community Service Workshop Job Connection FWS Job Interview

3 Purpose of Federal Work Study The purpose of FWS is to provide college students who are in financial need a chance to:  LEARN useful skills that can be applied to their future employment.  EARN money while pursing their degree. It is NOT designed for “getting paid to study.”

4 Federal Work Study Eligibility To be eligible for FWS, students must: 1. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) 2. Meet UCF's Standards for Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP). 3. Meet a need of at least $4,000 for the Fall & Spring or $2,000 for the Summer 4. Be degree seeking at UCF 5. Be enrolled at least half-time at UCF

5 Federal Work Study Eligibility (cont.) 6. Be a U.S. citizen, U.S. permanent resident, eligible non-citizen, or citizen of the Freely Associated States: the Federated States of Micronesia and the republics of Palau and the Marshall Islands (for more information, please see the FAFSA) 7. Have a Social Security card or letter from the Social Security Administration (application receipt) Note: Packaging Criteria varies each year based on funding.

6 Free Application for Federal Student Aid ■ The FAFSA is required for federal, state, and institutional aid. ■ The FAFSA will determine your Expected Family Contribution (EFC). ■Students must reapply every year.

7 Definition of “Need” Federal Government’s uses a formula: COA - EFC = Need (Federal Need) Cost of Attendance (COA) – cost to attend college Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) - the amount students and their families are expected to contribute towards the student’s education.

8 Cost of Attendance (COA) Includes tuition & fees, books & supplies, room & board, personal expenses, and transportation. COA is subject to change every term.

9 Estimated COA

10 Maintaining Eligibility for FWS In order to maintain FWS eligibility you must be: 1)Degree seeking 2)Enrolled in required number of UCF credits: 6 hours for undergraduates 4.5 hours for graduates 3 hours for summer graduates Note: Transient hours are NOT acceptable. Remedial hours are acceptable 3) Meet SAP

11 Program Eligibility Charts Program Eligibility Charts provide a list of aid programs, and the minimum hours required for each program.

12 Federal regulations require the University to establish Standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress as a general eligibility requirement for financial assistance. A student must maintain satisfactory academic progress in a course of study regardless of whether the student previously received financial aid. SAP requirements include: Minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA for undergraduates and 3.0 cumulative GPA for graduates (not handled in SFA) Complete 70% of attempted hours Complete degree within 150% of program credit hour requirement Progress for current semester determines eligibility for following semester. Additional information can be found at: Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP )

13  FWS Program Requirements  File the FAFSA (Priority date of March 1), and mark interested in Work Study.  Be Degree Seeking  Meet SAP  Complete To Do List  Complete Verification (if selected)  Complete FWS contract each year before beginning work  Submit to supervisor an Award Summary each semester  Submit to supervisor a Class Schedule each semester  Complete hiring packet  Start Work & Get Paid!

14  FWS Limitations  Work schedule and class schedule may not overlap  Cannot skip class to go to work  20 hours/week is advised  Cannot work more than 32 hours/week, even during school breaks  Only one FWS job at a time  If working in OPS and FWS at the same time, combined hours in both jobs may NOT exceed 32 hours/week and you must inform your FWS employer  Students may NOT over utilize FWS award  Limited starting pay rate

15 FWS Student Responsibilities  Perform job duties satisfactorily  Adhere to all the rules and policies established by employer  Keep accurate time sheets and submit them in a timely matter  Review the information on FWS contract and the Student Employment section of the Financial Aid Web site  Read through the FWS Web site, especially announcements on the “Important Dates” page

16 FWS Community Service Workshop Workshop mandatory each aid year for off-campus Community Service FWS students Review Rules/Policies Discuss issues reported by employers Demonstrate how to use Job Connection Review Renewal Criteria Discuss required documents and contract. Note: Students must sign contract to receive Release Letter

17 To find a FWS Position visit Job Connection at Job Connection for FWS students

18  Job Connection Web page

19 FWS Job Interview Students should take the following items to their interview: Award Summary & Class Schedule from myUCF Voided personal check for Direct Deposit Social Security Card or Social Security Card Application Receipt Driver's License or Acceptable Form of Identification.

20 Phone: FAX: Office Hours 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Monday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 1:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Thursday Office of Student Financial Assistance Millican Hall, Room 120 Orlando, FL Questions?? Please contact:


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