Though borrowing to fund your education is a reality for many families, working and contributing financially to your educational investment is a key to successful completion of your degree. Not only do you help offset some of the expenses of your education and reduce your reliance on loans, but you earn vaulable opportunities to add to your resume. National surveys of employers indicate that recent graduates who have worked through college are more attractive to hire.

The Federal Work-Study program is funded by both the Department of Education and UNE, and offers opportunities for on-campus, part-time employment to undergraduate students demonstrating financial need. Funds are annually recalculated and awarded as part of your financial aid package. Your work-study earnings are paid to you directly and are not deducted from your bill. An additional advantage to working on campus is the enrichment of your college and practical work experience. Please obtain an Authorization Form from our office before beginning work.

First-Time Work-Study Students

As a first-time Federal Work-Study student, you must complete employment forms before beginning work. These documents can be found via your U-Online account under Student Requirements. Since some documentation requires physical verification, you will need to see a Student Financial Services representative in person to turn in your paperwork.

FWS Employee Authorization Form

Before you can begin any work-study position, you must obtain a FWS Employee Authorization Form from the Student Financial Services Office. An authorization form must be obtained every year and for every individual FWS position you work. The form indicates that you have completed all necessary requirements and specifies the amount of FWS you have to earn for the given academic year. Once obtained from our office, present this form to your supervisor so they are aware you are all set to begin working and be paid through the FWS program.

Summer Student Employment

Federal Work Study funding is not available for students to use during the summer. Departments wishing to employ students can use their departmental funds to pay a student for summer employment. Please contact the Career Services Office or (207) 602-2096 for more information regarding this process. 

Non-Work Study Student Employment

If Federal Work Study is not part of your financial aid award, you can still apply for the many job opportunities on or around the UNE campuses. Take advantage of public transportation to get to and from jobs off campus. Please see this list of job opportunities and check with Career Services at or (207) 602-2096 about other possibilities. 

Federal Work-Study Handbook

Download the Federal Work-Study Program Handbook (PDF) for students and supervisors.

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