Federal Work Study
You have been awarded the Federal Work-Study (FWS). Please read the following information carefully. To be compliant with FWS program, you must accept the Federal Work-Study allocation, complete and submit the Federal Work-Study Assignment Questionnaire located at the bottom of this page.
WHAT IS FEDERAL WORK-STUDY?
Unlike other funding options, Federal Work Study (FWS) assist students with the costs of college education. Students can earn money towards their college education. This program arranges part time employment to help students earn financial funding. NOTE: Work-study does not imply that students are paid to study. Once a student has earned their total allotment, the student must terminate their employment under FWS program.
HOW AND WHEN ARE JOBS
Every effort is made to place a student in a job of their preference, but that is not always possible. Students are encouraged to accept their work-study award and complete the Federal Work-Study Assignment Questionnaire in a timely manner, since jobs are assigned in the order the questionnaires are received by Financial Aid Office. Supervisor requests are also important considerations in making job assignments. Although students may request certain jobs, the Office of Financial Aid reserves the right to honor deadlines and requirements expressed by FWS supervisors.
FWS jobs are assigned two weeks before the start date of the term. Those students who submit the questionnaire after the first day of fall semester are assigned and notified on a daily basis.
HOW MANY HOURS CAN A STUDENT
The number of hours for work is determined by the total amount of money the student has been allocated. Work-Study hours are arranged around the student's class schedule and may include evenings and weekends. Students are not allowed to work more than 20 hours per week when class is in session; they may work up to 40 hours per week during specified weeks when class is not in session. Students are not required to work during breaks and holidays.
HOW ARE STUDENTS PAID?
The hourly wage rate is determined by the supervisor/department but must not be less the federal minimum wage. All new student employees and all returning student employees who have not been paid on the UW-La Crosse payroll within past 12 months must complete the payroll forms provided by their supervisor and submit the completed forms to Human Resources office in 144 Graff Main Hall. Students are paid every other Friday by direct deposit.
POLICIES AND PROCEDURES
1. The student will receive a "Student Employee Referral" notice via campus e-mail indicating the departmental assignment. Students must report directly to the supervisor on the referral to arrange a work schedule, job details, and clarify responsibilities of the position.
2. The department supervisors will be notified via campus e-mail of all students assigned to their respective department.
3. Any student who wishes to request a specific department and/or supervisor should do so in the space provided on the Federal Work-Study Assignment Questionnaire.
4. It is the responsibility of the student to report to work on time and to complete tasks to the best of his/her ability.
The Federal Work-Study award will automatically be cancelled for all students who do not report to their supervisors by the end of the first week of classes. Students are advised to contact the Office of Financial Aid to discuss any problem and/or changes prior to that time.
Please click on the link below to complete and submit the UWL/FWS Questionnaire information.
UW-L Student Financial Aid Office
215 Graff Main Hall
1725 State Street
La Crosse, WI 54601