Federal Work-Study is offered as a part of your total financial aid package after you are hired by a department. This award helps to assist you in financing your education at UT Martin. This is money that does not have to be repaid. FWS is a real job. The term “Work-Study” does not mean that you can “study” on the job. It means that you work to obtain the funds to be able to study at UT Martin.
Some advantages are being able to arrange your work schedule around your classes, earning a bi-weekly (twice a month) pay check, gaining valuable work experiences that will look good on a resume and keeping student debt to a minimum.
Your award offer will indicate the dollar amount of your FWS award for the year. Although your pay will always be based upon actual hours worked, this award indicates the maximum amount you will be allowed to earn. You and your supervisor will determine your work schedule depending on your supervisor’s needs and your class schedule.
The Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships (OFAS) does not assign students to specific jobs. Instead, you must seek out and apply for placement in a FWS position, although the OFAS assists with job leads by soliciting campus departments for FWS postings. A listing of openings can be found on the UT Martin student employment page after July 1, www.utm.edu/studentemployment.
If you find a job that you are interested in, fill out the application and the supervisor will contact you for an interview. The supervisors contact information is listed if you have further questions about the job or if the position has been filled. Once you are hired, the supervisor will fill out the FWS hire form and submit it to the OFAS. The OFAS office will award you FWS and sign off on the hire form once it has been determined that you meet FWS eligibility.
FWS students are paid bi-weekly (twice a month). The pay rate for campus jobs will be $7.25 – $8.50 per hour depending on where you work and how long you have worked for the department. The preferred method of payment is through direct deposit to your personal checking/savings account. Paychecks do not process through the student Bursar’s account.
YES. Your employer can terminate you for unsatisfactory performance of assigned tasks, tardiness, or failure to report to work or follow rules of the department where you are working. If terminated, reassignment to another job is NOT guaranteed.
For information about the FWS award or placement, contact the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office at (731) 881-7657.
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