Federal Work Study

Federal Work Study

Federal work study is a need-based award program to promote part-time employment opportunities on campus or in affiliation with AMU while enrolled full-time or part-time as a degree-seeking student.  The program is funded by the US Department of Education and Ave Maria University.  The primary goal of the work study program is to provide employment opportunities to students who demonstrate financial need and are able and willing to work while attending school.  Students have the opportunity to develop valuable skills and work experience that can be applied to future employment.  You must have applied for federal aid by completing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and been awarded work study, if eligible, based on unmet financial need and availability of university funds.  You must also accept the award online to let AMU know you will be utilizing the award.

Florida Work Experience Program (FWEP) is a need-based employment program providing eligible Florida students work experience that will complement and reinforce their educational and career goals.

Students may work up to 20 hours per week.  While employed by AMU under the Federal Work Study Program or Florida Work Experience Program, students are required to maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP).  Students who do not meet SAP may forfeit their position.  Students may not work in more than one department within a concurrent time frame.  However, transferring from one department to another within the same academic year is not prohibited.  Theology programs and departments related solely to the same are ineligible for this federally funded program.

How to Apply For A Job

Employment opportunities for AMU students available through each department as well as local businesses are posted on a central website in conjunction with the College Central Network at www.collegecentral.com/avemaria .  An email is sent to all FWS eligible students the first week of each semester with full details and instructions on accessing the job postings.  Potential employers will publish the requirements for the position, rate of pay, and qualifications expected of the employee.  The rate of pay will be at least the current federal minimum wage, but will increase with the level of skill and type of work being offered.  Students will have the opportunity to review the listings provided by each department to decide which department or job description is of the most interest and best fits their personal skills and credentials.  Students may also post their resume for review by potential employers.  Students are encouraged, when possible, to select a department or position most resembling or related to future career goals as a source of career development and training for the future or community service-oriented positions. 

Students will be interviewed and hired by the receiving department based on their application and personal interview.  The department will complete a New Hire Form and forward to the Financial Aid Department for confirmation of work study eligibility.  Federal Work Study is not subtracted directly from tuition and fees as are grants and student loans; paychecks are issued bi-weekly to students based on an hourly rate of pay.   When FWS eligibility expires or students reach the maximum amount of the award, students may be transferred to non-work study status upon approval by the department.

Throughout the year, all departments on campus seeking student workers will post available positions on the AMU website.  The Ave Maria webmail is the primary point of contact between our offices and the students.  We encourage students to check AMU webmail regularly and keep the inbox box clear  to receive important new, incoming messages regarding possible employment opportunities and offers. 

Federal work study funds are applicable only to the aid year of the award.  Remaining eligibility from one academic year may not be carried over to the following year.  However, under certain circumstances work study funding may be available during the summer term.  If you have any questions regarding summer eligibility or any other questions regarding Federal Work Study, please contact the Financial Aid Office at (239) 280-1669.