Federal Work-Study Program

The Federal Work-Study Program (FWS) provides on-campus and near-campus employment opportunities for eligible students. The pay rate for the FWS Program varies from $9.00 per hour for on-campus employment to $11.00 per hour for near-campus tutoring. Students are limited to working no more than 20 hours per week.

In order for a student to be considered for the FWS Program, they must meet the following criteria:

If you are interested in applying for a FWS position, just complete the Wake Tech Work-Study Interest Form. Please be advised that completing this interest form does not guarantee you a FWS position. Work-Study positions are limited and based on available funding.

Available Work-Study Positions 

View Work-Study Position Descriptions

Eligibility: Students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the applicable academic year. The Federal Work-Study Program is federally funded by The United States Department of Education to provide need-based employment for college students. FWS allows students to work part-time while attending an institution of higher learning. Students must have financial need as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

Application: Work-Study Interest Form and an Application

Priority Deadline:  
                  Fall Semester: June 1st, for Fall Enrollment
                  Spring Semester: November 2nd for Spring Enrollment (if positions are available)
                  Summer Semester: April 15th for Summer Enrollment (if positions are available)

Offer Amount: Contingent upon available aid and student eligibility

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I study while on the job?

Even though this is called work-study, it does not mean you can study on your job. Work-study jobs are not any different from other jobs. It is a real job and you should treat it that way.

How do I apply?

All students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. The applicant must be:


How do I find a job/position?

  • Interested students will complete the FWS Interest Form
  • The Financial Aid Office (FAO) will review student eligibility
  • If student is eligible, they will receive an email from the FAO to complete an application
  • If student is not eligible, they will receive an email from the FAO
  • Student submits application
  • Supervisors review applications and will interview students
  • Supervisors will email the FAO notifying them of their choice
  • Student will receive an email with further instructions to complete the process

How will I be paid?

The financial aid offer lists the maximum amount you are allowed to earn in your work-study position. You cannot earn more than the offer amount during an academic year.

Most students can earn their offer amount by working 10 – 15 hours per week, if they begin working in August. The maximum allotted hours generally are 20 hours per week. If there is an additional need, and we have additional funds, you may request an increase in your work-study offer. If you receive a new scholarship or grant, your work-study offer may have to be reduced or canceled. If you request student loans after your offer amount has been determined, this can reduce or cancel your offer in the FWS Program.

Students are paid on the 15th of each month. All time sheets are submitted via WebAdvisor on the last day of the month by 12:00 p.m., unless otherwise requested by the Work-Study Coordinator. All time should be accurate and reviewed by the supervisor. 

** Work-Study Students: Time sheets are due via WebAdvisor by 12:00 p.m. on the last day of the month, unless otherwise specified. If your time sheet is not received on time, your direct deposit will be delayed until the following month.


What are the rules and regulations?

Confidentiality - All students will need to sign an Information Security Agreement. Any breach of confidentiality or attempt to alter documents in any way will result in dismissal from the Work-study Program. The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 is a federal law that institutions enforce and abide by to maintain the confidentiality of a student’s record. Student workers should direct inquiries regarding another student’s information to the supervisor.

Changing Jobs - Students are encouraged to remain in the same position for the entire academic year. Periods of short employment may not look favorable to future employers. Work-study is an opportunity to establish a good work record for your resume and obtain future letters of reference. If you are experiencing problems in your work area, you are encouraged to discuss concerns with your supervisor. If conflicts cannot be resolved, please contact the Work-study Coordinator. If you decide to quit your job, you should submit a written letter of resignation with your final date to your supervisor at least two weeks in advance.

Terminations/Job Release- There is a Termination/Job Release form that will be filled out by your supervisor specifying the reason for dismissal, should you be terminated.


What is expected of me?

Absences - It is your responsibility to plan your personal and study schedules in a manner as not to conflict with your regular working hours. One day advance notice is required if you must be out for any reason other than illness. Work schedules, once established, will not be modified unless permanent changes are necessary due to circumstances beyond the individual’s control.

Office Etiquette - Some of the jobs on campus will require student employees to answer the telephones; therefore, work-study students should be professional and courteous when assisting others. Staff telephones are not available for use by students for personal calls. Cell phone usage is not permitted during working hours.

Dress and Appearance - Students have the freedom of choice in dress for class; however, students should come to an agreement with his/her supervisor on appropriate attire during working hours.

Punctuality - All students should arrive on time and be prepared for work.

Work Evaluation - All students will receive at least two evaluations during their time as a student employee. All evaluations will be forwarded to the Financial Aid Office and kept in the student’s file.