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Federal Work Study

The Federal Work Study program provides funds for part-time employment to help needy students finance the costs of post-secondary education. Hourly wages are no less than federal minimum wage.

The Federal Work Study program offers eligible students a double incentive: the ability to earn money to help meet college expenses, plus the opportunity to gain valuable job experience. In today’s competitive job market, employers desire applicants who have work experience in addition to their education. This is funded through the Federal Work Study and Florida Work Experience programs. Funding is awarded based on student need (as determined by the FAFSA application).

Program Benefits

Benefits of participating in the Federal Work Study program include:

  • Valuable professional development opportunities at convenient on-campus
  • Flexible work scheduling around your class times
  • Opportunity to find employment that corresponds with your educational interests

Eligibility Requirements

To meet eligibility requirements for FWS, you must:

  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)for the current aid year. (IRSC Federal School Code is 001493.)
  • Be a current IRSC student.
  • Must be enrolled in at least 6 credits pertaining to degree or certificate.
  • Meet IRSC Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP). Met, academic plan, warning, or probation status are acceptable.
  • Have a completed financial aid file with no holds on your student account.
  • Have an unmet financial need.
  • Be a U.S. citizen, U.S. permanent resident, or eligible non-citizen.

Note: If you meet all eligibility requirements and are selected for a position, you will be contacted to schedule an interview. If you are not contacted, it is possible that you did not meet all FWS requirements or there are no positions available.

About Federal Work Study Jobs

All vacant Federal Work Study positions will be advertised via the IRSC Career Services Job Bank. Click “Students” and create an account or log in. Select "Search My School's Jobs" and type in “Work Study” within the Keyword Filter to view a complete listing of part-time positions available to eligible students under the Federal Work Study program.

If you want to start working: Start job searching:
Fall semester Early July
Spring semester Early December
Summer semester Early April

Federal Work Study Student Wages

The amount earned by a Federal Work Study student depends on the position's hourly rate and how many hours worked during a pay period. Students are paid bi-monthly by paychecks or direct deposit.  Student wages may vary depending on the position. Total earnings for the year are limited by funding available in the Federal and Campus Work Study budgets; earnings in the Federal Work Study program cannot exceed financial need. Student workers are not eligible for unemployment compensation and other employee benefits. A Federal Work Study award is not credited toward your tuition bill or received up front. 

Contact Us

For more information on Federal Work Study or Florida Work Experience programs, contact Jackie Young, Work-study Coordinator at 772-462-7469 or  

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