Federal Work Study (FWS) is a government program that helps provide part-time employment to students with financial need. Eligibility for FWS is based on the information reported on the FAFSA. After the Financial Aid Office receives your FAFSA, we determine your eligibility and allocate your work study funds after you are hired for a FWS position.
Being a FWS student at PBA allows you to explore career fields, develop communication, organization, and time management skills, and build a professional network. Our students also enjoy the positive Christian work environment, on the job training, and flexible hours and work schedules.
Your rate of pay is determined by your year in school and the nature of the work involved. For on-campus positions the pay is as follows:
Please note that the rate of pay for jobs off-campus positions for all years is $10-13 per hour.
"Being a Federal Work Study student has helped me to not only support myself, but also to prepare me for once I graduate." Melissa Jara ’17
The amount of money you can earn depends on several factors including your FAFSA results and your department’s budget. You will have a certain amount of eligibility based upon the results of the FAFSA and this amount is determine by the Financial Aid Office. Additionally, your department will have a specific budget to abide by and will assign you your hours accordingly. Your department can not exceed your eligibility as determined by the FAFSA. Keep in mind, your maximum eligibility may be larger than your department’s budget.
You will be paid on the 5th working day of each month. You may choose to receive direct deposit or a traditional check. All the hours you worked must be logged into the University’s Time Clock tracking system.
You must register for and maintain an enrollment status of half-time (6 credits) or greater to be eligible for the FWS program. If, for any reason, your course load falls below half-time, you can no longer participate in the program and must stop working immediately.
FWS earnings are considered taxable income by both federal and state governments however, FWS earnings are not included in the calculation of your eligibility for financial aid. Additionally, the state of Florida does not have a state income tax.