Federal Work - Study Student Basics
More Information About The Federal Work Study Program
Federal Work-Study Program
How Much Will I Make?
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- Demonstrate financial need based on family financial information submitted on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the current year; any outstanding requirements must be resolved with Georgia State University’s Financial Aid Office. Funds are awarded on a first-come-first-served basis until all funds are exhausted.
- Must be enrolled at least half-time as an undergraduate or graduate student
- Must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress and is in good standing with the University
- Must be a citizen, immigrant, refugee or permanent resident alien of the U.S.
Overview of the Awarding Process
- Search Handshake for an FWS position; the position description will indicate if it is FWS
- Submit a request to obtain a Certificate of Eligibility:
- In-person: Visit your campus Student Financial Management Center
- Web Request: Submit a ticket through Panther Answer
- The Financial Aid Office will determine your eligibility and provide a Certificate of Eligibility listing the amount of your award
- The Certificate of Eligibility must be presented to the Hiring Supervisor for proof of eligibility
- If you are selected for the position, the Hiring Supervisor will email [email protected]
- FWS will be awarded when all employment paperwork has been received and processed by Human Resources. The award will then be visible in PAWS
What is Handshake ?
Handshake is Georgia State University’s central 24/7 online job and internship board for students. Handshake is designed to help the career services office and employers communicate with students about managing their career and job search. Handshake’s primary purpose is to inform students about career programs, on-campus recruiting and most importantly, employment opportunities!
How do I sign up for Handshake?
No signup registration is required to access Handshake.
What is my User ID and Password for Handshake?
Your username and password is your official Georgia State University campus ID and password. If you do not know your campus ID and password, follow these steps to find your campus ID or to reset your password.
If you should have problems accessing Handshake, please contact University Career Services for assistance with your password (or GoSolar login). Get started with Handshake.
Salary for the Federal Work-Study Program
- no experience or general experience
- minimal technical ability
- minimal responsibility
- general clerical duties
Level II Skilled Support Functions $9.50-$10.50
- extensive experience
- average to extensive technical ability
- above average responsibility
- highly specific skills required
Level III Advanced Support Functions $11.00-$12.00
- highly extensive experience
- highly advanced technical ability
- above average responsibility
- highly skilled duties
Level IV Community Service $10.00-$12.00
- off-campus employment $12.00
- on-campus employment $10.00
All FWS students will be employed within the range of each classification according to their respective job descriptions and aptitudes. Variations in hourly rates among departmental FWS employees should reflect only differences in aptitude, skill, level or responsibility and/or performance.
The employing department may increase hourly wages for returning students up to 50 cents per hour per academic year. The increase must be submitted on the Fall Human Resources Personnel Action Form. Hourly increases are not to exceed the maximum pay rate for the corresponding level.
Student Employment Payroll Calendar
Student Employment Awards
- Fall: $2,500
- Spring: $2,500
- Total: $5,000
**Please note that this award example is not a standard amount. Federal Work-Study can vary in dollar values. Due to limited funds availability, students must accept their Federal Work-Study award within thirty-days after the offer date, if the student does not accept the award within the thirty-day timeframe it will be cancelled. The student must accept their Federal Work-Study award. In accepting financial aid awards, a student agrees to provide any additional documentation requested by an authorized university official to verify information given on the student’s original financial aid application. The University reserves the right to reduce or cancel an award in cases where there is conflicting or missing information.
In addition, if the student is awarded financial aid which in total exceeds his/her federally determined eligibility, a Federal Work-Study award can be reduced or cancelled. In this case, the Financial Aid Office will attempt to notify the supervisor; however, it is the student’s responsibility to ensure that his/her supervisor knows about the change. Since the financial aid process is ongoing, supervisors should have alternative sources to pay the student in case the student’s award is reduced or cancelled. Earnings should be monitored based upon gross earnings. For example, a student who has a $1500 award may earn up to $1500 gross earnings.
Payment through Federal Work-Study is made strictly by the hour. Students who are absent due to illness, holidays, or other reasons, are NOT paid or given credit for the time missed. Students are NOT paid for time taken for meals.
- The Supervisor in the hiring department must complete the Human Resources Manager Self Service Electronic Transmittal (MSS).
- The Human Resources Manager Self Service Electronic Transmittal (MSS) must be submitted to the Office of Student Financial Aid by the Supervisor for final clearance.
- The approvedHuman Resources Manager Self Service Electronic Transmittal (MSS) must be submitted to Human Resources by the Financial Aid Office after the MSS is approved.
- The Human Resources office is located at 1 Park Place South, Suite 330. Human Resources will require a student photo ID and a copy of the student’s social security card to process each student’s paperwork.
- If the student is a resident alien, he/she must also show their resident alien card. If the student doesn’t have these forms of identification, you may contact Human Resources at (404)413-3300 to find out what form of alternative identification will be accepted.
Employing departments have the primary responsibility for monitoring FWS students’ earnings. Students will benefit from being included in this process; however, departments, not students, will be held accountable for funding excess earnings that result from negligent monitoring practices. Students must be paid for all time worked.
The Student Financial Management Center and the Offices of Student Accounts and Financial Aid are available to assist you despite the office physical closure. View Panther Answer to contact us.
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