The Federal Work Study Program (FWS) is designed to provide jobs for undergraduate and graduate students with financial need, allowing them to earn money to help pay for education expenses. This federally funded program provides employment opportunities on campus or in nonprofit agencies off-campus, encouraging students to work in organizations that allow them to gain valuable experience that enhances their resume and explores their major field of study.
The FWS Program is available during the academic year as well as the summer. It currently covers 50 percent of the student worker's salary, with the employer responsible for the remaining 50 percent.
In order to apply, you must have been awarded Federal Work Study (FWS) funds as part of your financial aid package. Once you have confirmed this award, follow these steps:
You may not begin working until the FWS Employment Authorization process (steps 4 and 5) is complete.
Please note: An award of Federal Work Study is not a guarantee of a job. These positions are competitive, and it is up to you, the student, to be proactive in pursuing employment.
Part-time and work-study positions are posted regularly by campus departments and off-campus organizations in Handshake (formerly Wildcat Careers).
PLEASE NOTE incoming & returning students: Campus departments will begin posting positions for on-campus employment throughout June, July and into August. Please continue to check Handshake over the summer as these postings continue to go up.
If you see a position in Handshake (or ANY job site) and/or receive an email from an employer that you believe may be a scam, please notify UNH Career and Professional Success immediately by calling 603-862-1468 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Phishing scams attempt to trick you into providing sensitive personal information (i.e., social security numbers and credit card/banking details) or into sending money or other items of value. We will look into the matter on your behalf and take appropriate action. If you believe you are the victim of fraud resulting from a job listing, please contact UNH Police at 603-862-1427.
The Federal Work Study (FWS) Program is a federally funded aid program designed to provide jobs for undergraduate and graduate students with financial need, allowing them to earn money to help pay for education expenses. The program encourages community service work and work related to each student's course of study.
FWS is designed to subsidize a portion of the student's wages. Because of this subsidy, many opportunities are available to organizations that would not otherwise be able to hire students. Currently the FWS program covers 50 percent of the student worker's salary, and the employer is responsible for the remaining 50 percent. Our collaborative relationships with community nonprofit agencies allow us to support agency missions and objectives while also providing jobs to undergraduate and graduate students with financial need.
Once you have the information you need and have decided to participate in the Federal Work Study Program, you may submit an application package.
If you are a nonprofit off-campus employer and have yet to complete a Terms of Agreement, you may complete the job request and the FWS coordinator will contact you to discuss how your organization may apply. Jobs will not be posted by the FWS Coordinator until employers are approved and submit required documentation.
For more information, contact UNH Manchester’s FWS Program Coordinator at 603-641-4189.
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