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Federal Work-Study (FWS) and State Work-Study (SWS) are need-based financial aid programs that provide students with an opportunity to earn money while gaining valuable work experience.
Over 600 University of Puget Sound students participate each year, working on campus or in the local community.
After an FWS or SWS award is made by Student Financial Services, Career and Employment Services (CES) refers each student to a position on campus, or helps to arrange an off-campus work-study job.
If your Financial Aid Award Notice includes FWS or SWS, you are eligible to earn up to the maximum amount listed on the award notice. Because these earnings are subject to a student’s desire and ability to work, Puget Sound cannot guarantee employment or 100% earnings.
If you are not interested in participating in the FWS/SWS program, notify Student Financial Services.
In mid-June, Career and Employment Services (CES) sends notification to eligible students granting access to the Work-Study Employment Application. Students upload a resume and provide information about their skills, work experiences and job preferences. The application is due July 15. CES uses the information to determine an on-campus job referral that best fits with each student's abilities and interests.
Students can complete the I-9 during New Student Check-in at the FWS/SWS Employment Table during Orientation.
Students learn which job they are being referred to at a FWS/SWS employment session during Orientation week.
Many continuing students return to the same FWS/SWS job that was held during the previous academic year. If Career and Employment Services (CES) is notified that the student is not returning to the same job, then the student has an opportunity to attend the FWS/SWS Referral Sessions in the spring and obtain a new position for the next year.
Continuing students need to complete the required Work-Study Job Confirmation Form no later than July 15. It is necessary to complete the form if the student is returning to the same, previously-held job on campus or if the student arranged for a new job through CES in the spring.
Complete and submit the required Work-Study Employment Application (or the Job Confirmation Form for continuing students returning to the same job) no later than July 15 in order to be included in the academic year FWS/SWS program. Eligible students will be directed to this online application in mid-June.
There are a few employment forms that need to be completed in preparation for working on campus. New students can visit the FWS/SWS Employment Table during orientation Check-in day to complete their I-9 form.
Most continuing students have already completed these forms with the college and are not required to re-complete them. However, if you are a continuing student who has gone abroad or did not work in the previous semester, then you may need to resubmit the I-9. You should check in with CES to find out if you need to re-complete any employment forms.
Off-campus work-study jobs require an advanced level of training or skills, and are most suitable for upper-class students. Jobs are available at select employers, including community service organizations. Rates of pay are determined by employers and reflect comparable wage rates for the type of work performed. Most students employed through this program work an average of 9 hours and a maximum of 19 hours while enrolled in classes. Earnings from work-study employment are taxable.
✔ Bring the necessary original, unexpired documents to campus for completing the I-9 form if you haven’t worked on campus previously. (Questions? Check the FAQs.)
✔ You may update your W-4 withholding and enroll in direct deposit online once you begin your on-campus job.
✔ New Students: Attend your required FWS/SWS Employment Session during orientation to receive your job referral.