Federal Work-Study

Federal Work-Study is a need-based program with limited federal funding that provides students with valuable work experiences and the opportunity to earn funds to assist with education expenses. Eligibility is based on a student’s financial need, as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and available federal funding. For more information, email studentemployment@ua.edu or call 205-348-6756.

Hours and Pay

FWS student employees may work up to 15-20 hours per week.

FWS student employees are paid $8 per hour on-campus, $9 per hour off-campus (community service agencies), and $10 per hour as off-campus (reading and math tutors).

Types of Jobs


Many departments offer student employment opportunities. Students who are eligible for Federal Work-Study (FWS) and have both accepted the FWS offer and satisfied Form I-9 verification (Step 1 & Step 2 completed) are granted access to the FWS Job Board to explore available job openings.


Organizations in this category include:

  • Community service agencies which consist of local, private, government, and public non-profit organizations that provide services to enhance the lives of residents and the overall community.
  • Local elementary and middle schools and other organizations in the Tuscaloosa area that provide students with opportunities to work as reading and math tutors through the UA’s America Reads/America Counts program.

View the Supervisor’s Guide to Federal Work Study