Federal Work-Study

Federal Work-Study provides students with valuable part-time work experiences and the opportunity to earn funds to assist with educational expenses.  Eligibility is based on a student’s financial need, as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and federal funding availability.  Priority consideration is given to students exhibiting financial need who apply by December 1st.

Hours and Pay

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).

Freshman and first-time transfer students may work up to 15 hours per week in the first semester.  Returning students may work up to 20 hours per week. Students may not work more than 8 hours per day.

Types of Jobs


Most departments on-campus offer student employment opportunities.  For students who have accepted a FWS award offer, more information regarding available jobs can be found on our FWS Job Board.


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