The Federal Work-Study Program provides jobs for undergraduate students with financial need, allowing them to earn money to help pay education expenses. The program encourages community service work and work related to each student’s course of study.
Panther Work Program
The Panther Work Program is very similar to the Federal Work-Study Program. Students will be paid a set wage of $8.75 per hour. Students will receive their Fall/Spring Semesters awards, students will view and apply for jobs via the “Handshake” website. Once employment has been agreed upon, the Employer/Supervisor must complete an Electronic Personnel Action Form (ePAF) via ADP and submit for approval to the Office of Student Financial Aid.
How Much Will I Make?
On the Federal Work-Study Program you’ll earn at least the current federal minimum wage, but the amount might be higher depending on the type of work you do and the skills required. Your total Federal Work-Study award depends on when you apply your level of need and the funding level at Georgia State University. Panther Work students will be paid a set wage of $8.75 per hour.
Are Student Employment Jobs on Campus or off Campus?
If you work on campus, you’ll usually work for your school. If you work off campus, your employer will usually be a private nonprofit organization or a public agency, and the work performed must be in the public interest. These jobs must be relevant to your course of study (to the maximum extent possible).
To be eligible for Federal Work-Study you must meet the following requirements:
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 a permanent resident alien of the U.S.
To be eligible for the Panther Work Program you must meet the following requirements:
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. Panther Work 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 student
Must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress and be in good standing with the University
Must be a citizen, immigrant, refugee, or a permanent resident of the U.S.
Must be eligible for Pell Grant
Must not be eligible for HOPE or Zell Miller Scholarship
Must not be awarded Federal Work-Study
Must be a Georgia resident
Must be enrolled in a 4-year program at the Atlanta Campus
Overview of the Awarding Process
Federal Work-Study (FWS) and Panther Work Program (PWP) is awarded upon request and fund availability.
Search Handshake for a FWS or PWP position; the position description will indicate if it is FWS or PWP
Submit a request to determine eligiblity:
In-person: Visit your campus Student Financial Management Center
The awarded student initiates placement procedures. Students must use Handshake (the student online job board). Handshake assists students with many career opportunities, including on-campus and off-campus employment opportunities. The student will contact prospective employers for interviews. Participating supervisors are required to provide job descriptions to the Federal Work-Study awardees before the student is hired. Supervisors will be notified of the procedure for submitting job descriptions. It is the student’s responsibility to arrange for an interview with the prospective supervisors.
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 sign up 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.
If sufficient funds are available, students will be given an opportunity to apply for Summer Employment awards. Awards are made on a first-come, first-served basis and are limited. Priority is given to those who apply by the deadline date. The Summer Employment Program is usually very small in comparison to the fall/spring program.
The hourly pay rates allowable are established by the University. Currently the rates are as follows.
Level I Basic Support Functions $8.00-$8.25
no experience or general experience
minimal technical ability
general clerical duties
Level II Skilled Support Functions $8.50-$9.00
average to extensive technical ability
above average responsibility
highly specific skills required
Level III Advanced Support Functions $9.50-$10.00
highly extensive experience
highly advanced technical ability
above average responsibility
highly skilled duties
Level IV Community Service $10.00-$12.00
All FWSP students will be employed within the range of each classification according to their respective job descriptions and aptitudes. Variations in hourly rates among departmental FWSP 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.
Students receive an official financial aid award notification from the Office of Financial Aid. The award notification will state the financial aid that the student is eligible for at that time. If a student is eligible for Federal Work-Study or Panther Work, the authorized award will be listed in the award notification. The award amount is usually listed for the fall and spring terms as such:
**Please note that this award example is not a standard amount. Federal Work-Study or Panther Work can vary in dollar values. Due to limited funds availability, students must accept their Federal Work-Study or Panther Work 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 or Panther Work 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 or Panther Work 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.
A work hour is a clock hour of 60 minutes, not a class hour of 50 minutes. Georgia State University Student Employment is a part-time employment program with students working an average of 10 hours per week. As an institutional policy, students may work no more than an average of 20 hours per week during the academic year.
Payment through Federal Work-Study and Panther Work 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.
Supervisors’ deadlines for submitting monthly forms required for payroll purposes vary for each month and especially around the end of terms. As a general rule, most forms are due within the first 7-10 days of the month. If a student is hired after the middle of the month, his/her paperwork will be processed for the following month as will all late-arriving paperwork.
Students may not begin working until they have completed the payroll sign-up procedures.
The Supervisor in the hiring department must complete the Human Resources Electronic Personnel Action Form (ePAF).
The Human Resources Electronic Personnel Action Form (ePAF) must be submitted to the Office of Student Financial Aid by the Supervisor for final clearance.
The approved Electronic Personnel Action Form (ePAF) must be submitted to Human Resources by the Financial Aid Office after the ePAF 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 FWSP/PWP 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.
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Our Student Financial Management Center is open to answer your questions.
Each of the five Perimeter campuses houses a Student Financial Management Center to help with your financial aid and student account needs. Each location can help you map out a sound financial plan for your education.