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Frequently Asked Questions -- UTK’s Federal Work Study Program

What is Federal Work Study?  Federal Work Study is a need-based part time employment that provides additional income and valuable workplace experience for enrolled students.  There are Work Study positions all over campus, as well as some community-based positions available off campus (in area schools or non-profits.) 

How do I know if I am eligible for Work Study?  Work Study is a need–based award, so students with a zero or low EFC (estimated family contribution) who indicate on their FAFSA that they are interested in Work Study may receive an automatic award offer.  This offer may be accepted in your MyUTK account.  If you did not receive an award, you may contact One Stop to determine if you are eligible for a manual award.

How do I sign up for Work Study?  When you arrive on campus, you would need to visit the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships at 116 Student Services Building in order to determine your eligibility and complete your employment verification paperwork.  At that time we will provide you with information on how to apply for open positions.

In order to verify you for Federal Work Study employment, please be sure to bring appropriate ORIGINAL identification documents with you. Please note that photocopies of ID documents cannot be used.  You can determine which combination of documents you need to bring from the lists on the last page of the Form I-9:

How much will I get paid?  FWS positions pay at a rate of $8.50-$9.50 per hour.  You may work up to 20 hours per week in your Work Study position.  You were given a Work Study award amount, and you may only earn up to that award amount.  If you wish to request an increase in your award amount, please contact the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships at   Please note that increasing your award amount is dependent on your financial aid budget as well as the availability of funding in the Federal Work Study program.

How will I be paid?  The University will direct deposit your FWS earnings.  You will need to establish direct deposit service with the Payroll Office located at P115 Andy Holt Tower.  The Payroll office will need your bank account number and routing number (these can both be found on a check), as well as a cancelled check or Account Verification Form provided from a branch location of your bank.

How do I find a position?  You may browse open positions and apply for them using this site.  Please consult the User’s Guide on the employer home page for detailed instructions on applying for available positions.

I’ve already been in Work Study, so what do I need to do to keep my position in a new term?  If you are a returning Work Study student, your department will need to re-hire you into your former position at the beginning of each Fall semester.  If you are working in a position that has summer Work Study opportunity and you will be enrolled over the summer, please request a Summer Work Study award by contacting