Student Employment

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What is Federal Work Study? 

Federal Work-Study jobs help students earn money to pay for college or career school. Undergraduate and graduate students with work-study jobs will work part-time on or off campus while enrolled.

Federal Work-Study provides part-time jobs for undergraduate and graduate students with financial need, allowing them to earn money to help pay education expenses. The program encourages community service work and work related to the student’s course of study.

  • Here’s a quick overview of FWS:
  • It provides part-time employment while you are enrolled in school.
  • It is available to undergraduate, graduate, and professional students with financial need.
  • It is available to full-time or part-time students.

The first step in applying for FWS is to complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). You must select “Yes” to the following question on the FAFSA: “Are you interested in being considered for Work-Study?”

FWS eligibility is based on established financial need. As a general rule, you must be Pell Grant Eligible and have an unmet need

  • The ASU employment policies are the same for all ASU students, whether Student Assistant or Federal Work-Study Student Assistant. However, FWS student assistants cannot exceed their awarded amount.
  • All student employees must be in good financial and academic standing and have at least a 2.0 GPA (undergraduate students) and a 3.0  GPA (graduate students), although some departments require a higher GPA.
  • FWS students cannot work more than 20 hours per week total.

Log into your Banner Web account to accept your FWS award.  Contact your financial aid counselor, if you have any questions about your FWS award.

Students who are awarded FWS are invited via ASU email to attend the Work Study Success Orientation.  The Orientation teaches students how to become successful work-study students.  Check the schedule for orientation dates and times by clicking on the link below.  


The next step is to click on the Golden Ram link to apply for jobs. There are a limited number of Work Study positions available each semester.  The jobs are located under Work-Study Openings. FWS jobs are found on and off-campus, and work schedules are flexible with your class schedule. It is imperative to note job locations when applying.

Once you apply for a position, you may be contacted by a supevisor for an interview.  If you are selected for hire, your supervisor will send a Work Authorization Form to your ASU email.  Please complete and submit the form.   

After successfully submitting your Work Authorization Form, the Office of Human Resources will contact you to request onboarding documents (e.g., social security card, driver's license, birth certificate).  You must submit ALL requested documents to complete the hiring process.   

FWS employees may begin working as soon as they have submitted all requested documents from the Human Resources Office. You will receive an ASU email notification of your start date from the Student Employment Office once you have been cleared to work.  Please contact Student Employment Coordinator if you have any questions.  Email:

  • Be on time
  • Be responsible for all actions
  • Adhere to all rules and policies established by your employer
  • Adhere to the work schedule that has been established and agreed upon by you and your employer.
  • Perform your job duties as set by your employer
  • Give two weeks' notice to your employer if you are planning on quitting.

Although there is no set dress code for most campus positions, students are expected to dress neatly and appropriately in their role as a student employee. “Business Casual” clothing is almost always acceptable as long as it is in good taste. In general, you should avoid wearing tank or crop tops, tattered or ripped clothing, or sweat pants, and must wear shoes at all times. Clothing that could potentially interfere with your work or be distracting or offensive to others is not permitted. Departments may require different clothing rules based on interaction with the public and the type of work that is performed, but, at all times, students must present themselves in a way compatible with the mission of Albany State University. Dress appropriately for the job as specified by the supervisor.

If you have any questions please contact Student Employment Coordinator,

Niquacha Snead
Office:       229.500.2977