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Work Study

Federal Work-Study

Welcome to the Federal Work-Study Program (FWS) at Daytona State College. FWS is a federally funded employment program available to students who exhibit financial need. The FWS Program is designed to assist students with meeting their educational and living expenses through part-time employment. 

Benefits of Participating

Benefits of participating in the FWS Program include:

  • Valuable professional development opportunities at convenient on-campus and off-campus locations
  • Flexible work scheduling around your class times
  • Opportunity to find employment that corresponds with your educational interests.
  • FWS earnings are not counted against your financial need for the next year's FAFSA


To be considered for FWS, you must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and demonstrate financial need. Funds are limited and not all students who apply and are eligible will receive a FWS award. In addition, you must:

  • Indicate interest in FWS on the FAFSA
  • Submit the FAFSA by Daytona State College's priority deadline – March 1
  • Enroll in a minimum of 6 credits at Daytona State College

About FWS Jobs

It is your responsibility to find a job and work toward earning your FWS award. Students awarded with Federal Work-Study can begin searching for and securing a job accordingly:

To Start Working: Start Job Searching:
Fall Late July
Spring Late December
*Summer (*if offered) *Early May

Average work schedules range from 10 to 15 hours a week, with a maximum of 20 hours.

Follow these 10 easy steps to begin your employment and participation in the FWS Program:

    1. Submit a FAFSA by DSC priority deadline of March 1.
    2. If awarded with Federal Work Study funds, accept your award on your MyDaytonaState Portal.
    3. Attend an orientation presentation (Optional but strongly recommended).
    4. Search for job openings that interest you on the Student Employment Opportunities page.
    5. Contact employers by sending them your cover letter and your resume. In the job listing descriptions, employers indicate how they prefer to be contacted (phone, e-mail, or in-person). Be professional in your email. Inquire about setting up an interview in both your email and your cover letter. See our helpful tips on Resume & Cover Letter writing
  1. Attend an interview! It is highly encouraged that you prepare ahead of time for your interview and you get to your interview early. For more helpful interview tips, see information on Interview Preparation!
  2. Secure a position.
  3. Submit the FWS Work Authorization for the correct academic year to your employer and to the Office of Financial Aid Services.
  4. Set up your Payroll and Work Schedule with your employer.
  5. Begin working and earning your Work Study Award!

How to Receive Earnings

A FWS award is not credited toward your tuition bill or received up front.  The amount you earn depends on your hourly rate and how many hours you work. Students are paid directly through bi-monthly paychecks.

Other On-Campus Part-time Employment

You do not have to apply for financial aid or be awarded FWS to secure a job on-campus. Daytona State College has an Institutional Work Study (IWS) program that provides part-time employment to students who do not demonstrate financial need to be eligible for the Federal Work-Study Program, but otherwise like to secure a part-time job on-campus.  Work schedules can be arranged to accommodate a student's class schedule.  Students work an average of 20 hours per week.  Funds are limited and not all students who apply and are eligible will receive a IWS award.  Students can search for employment opportunities on the Student Employment Opportunities page.

For more information on Federal Work-Study (FWS) and/or Institutional Work Study (IWS) contact: Ms. Heidi Pinney, Director of Financial Aid Services,  at (386) 506-3158 or via email at

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Last updated: 2020-10-19T15:09:11.751Z