Welcome to the Federal Work-Study Program (FWS) at Daytona State College. FWS is a federally funded employment program available to students who exhibit financial need. The FWS Program is designed to assist students with meeting their educational and living expenses through part-time employment. New participants in the FWS program are strongly encouraged to attend an orientation session. These orientations enhance student knowledge of FWS student expectations, how to contact employers, and how to earn your award. This year, the orientation session will also give you the opportunity to hear from and speak to past FWS student employees about their experiences in the FWS program. To find listings of orientation dates and locations, please see our Important Dates section.
Benefits of Participating
Benefits of participating in the FWS Program include:
- Valuable professional development opportunities at convenient on-campus and off-campus locations
- Flexible work scheduling around your class times
- Opportunity to find employment that corresponds with your educational interests.
- FWS earnings are not counted against your financial need for the next year's FAFSA
To be considered for FWS, you must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and demonstrate financial need. Funds are limited and not all students who apply and are eligible will receive a FWS award. In addition, you must:
- Indicate interest in FWS on the FAFSA
- Submit the FAFSA by Daytona State College's priority deadline – March 1
- Enroll in a minimum of 6 credits at Daytona State College
About FWS Jobs
It is your responsibility to find a job and work toward earning your FWS award. Students awarded with Federal Work-Study can begin searching for and securing a job accordingly:
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Average work schedules range from 10 to 15 hours a week, with a maximum of 20 hours.
Follow these 10 easy steps to begin your employment and participation in the FWS Program:
- Submit a FAFSA by DSC priority deadline of March 1.
- If awarded with FWS funds, accept your award on MyDaytonaState.
- Attend an orientation presentation (Optional but strongly recommended).
- Search for job openings that interest you on the FWS webpage.
- Contact FWS employers by sending them your cover letter and your resume. In the job listing descriptions, employers indicate how they prefer to be contacted (phone, e-mail, or in-person). Be professional in your email. Inquire about setting up an interview in both your email and your cover letter. See our helpful tips on Resume & Cover Letter writing
- Attend an interview! It is highly encouraged that you prepare ahead of time for your interview and you get to your interview early. For more helpful interview tips, see information on Interview Preparation!
- Secure a position.
- Submit the FWS Work Authorization for the correct academic year to your employer and to the Office of Financial Aid Services.
- Set up your Payroll and Work Schedule with your employer.
- Begin working and earning your FWS Award!
How to Receive Earnings
A FWS award is not credited toward your tuition bill or received up front. The amount
you earn depends on your hourly rate and how many hours you work. Students are paid
directly through bi-monthly paychecks.
Other On-Campus Part-time Employment
You do not have to apply for financial aid or be awarded FWS to secure a job on-campus. Daytona State College has an Institutional Work Study (IWS) program that provides part-time employment to students who do not demonstrate financial need to be eligible for the Federal Work-Study Program, but otherwise like to secure a part-time job on-campus. Work schedules can be arranged to accommodate a student's class schedule. Students work an average of 20 hours per week. Funds are limited and not all students who apply and are eligible will receive a IWS award. Students can search for employment opportunities on the Work Study webpage.
For more information on Federal Work-Study (FWS) and/or Institutional Work Study (IWS) contact: Mr. Rick Briggs, Student Employment Coordinator at (386) 506-3023 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org