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Students who work during the summers and during the academic year can make a significant contribution toward meeting their college costs. And having a job while in school may help prepare students for life after college as well. Both Work-Study and non-Work-Study jobs are available on the FMU campus and in the surrounding communities, and the Career Planning and Placement Office serves all students, whether or not they qualify for Work-Study employment.

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Benefits of Student Employment
Work-Study Employment
Jobs for Non-Work-Study Students
How to Apply for Jobs
Summer Employment
Jobs for Students at the Florida Memorial University (brochure, PDF)


Because of Florida Memorial University’s academic reputation, many families assume that it is unwise for students to work during the academic year. However, studies show that, compared to students who do not work, students who work a modest number of hours per week will, on average:

  • have higher grade point averages,
  • graduate at a faster rate,
  • be less likely to drop out, and
  • have more job skills to include on their resumes.

Why? Some possible explanations:

  • Working students become better organized and manage their time better.
  • Employment exposes students to more mentor-type relationships and increases interactions with “real world” people.


Federal Work-Study is a financial aid program for students who have financial need. The program provides funds for part-time jobs for undergraduate students, allowing students to earn money to help pay educational expenses.

Here’s how it works:

  • Students who wish to be considered for the Work-Study program must apply for financial aid through the FMU Office of Financial Aid.
  • Students who receive a Work-Study financial aid award may apply for the Work-Study jobs listed on the Student Employment Office website (these jobs are not available to students without Work-Study).
  • To be eligible to apply for a Work-Study position, students must be enrolled at least half-time .
  • Students may earn wages up to the amount listed on their financial aid award notice.
  • The Office of Financial Aid administer the Work-Study program. Award amounts vary, based on available funding.

The chart below shows how many hours a week a student will need to earn basic Work-Study award amounts during the academic year (approximately 30 weeks). The rate of pay ($9.62/hour) is based on the current average hourly rate for temporary employment positions at the university.



Students who do not have Work-Study can still find jobs — On campus, the university Student Activities Department and the Housing Department are frequently in search of good employees — and these are just two of the many departments employing students who do not have Work study.


Students who want to work at the university can contact the Department of Human Resources and the Office of Financial Aid (CWS jobs only) if they are interested and complete the appropriate application or contract.

After you have secured a job, you will need to complete the following forms to get paid:

    Direct Deposit Authorization Form (if you choose direct deposit)
  • Federal W-4

If you have a Work-Study job, don’t forget to update your address and direct deposit information regularly to make sure you get paid on time!


The summer months are an ideal time to work and save for the coming year’s expenses. Working during the summer, and saving your earnings, can reduce the need to work during the academic year. Remember that if you live away from home during the summer, your living expenses will reduce the amount you can save from your earnings.