What is Federal Work Study?
- Each year, the University of Arizona Rogers College of Law receives Federal Work Study money to fund a specified number of pre-approved 1st and 2nd year students for summer clerkships with approved government and public interest employers.
- Students receive Federal Work Study funding as a part of their financial aid packages.
- Most Federal Work Study positions are filled at our Sonoran Desert Public Sector Career Fair, held each year in February.
- In addition to receiving approval of funding from program manager Karen Kowalski (see contact information below), a Federal Work Study Contract must be on file in our office. Public interest employers must also provide a copy of an official IRS 501C3 Authorization Letter.
- Students will be provided with a Federal Work Study Authorization Form certifying their approved amount of total gross earnings. Per program requirements, they are expected to work for the total number of hours required to earn the full award amount.
- Per contractual agreement, the student is considered an employee of the hiring agency. The employer is responsible for obtaining required hiring documentation, issuing paychecks, etc.
- Employers pay the student's wages up front and, upon receipt of monthly time records, we will reimburse a portion of the gross hourly wage, up to the authorized total amount. Reimbursement occurs monthly.
- Invoices are due in our office by:
- Employee-related expenses, such as worker's compensation, social security, and holiday pay are not reimbursable.
- Hours worked in excess of 40 hours per week are also not reimbursable. The number of hours per week a student may work depends on the employers' needs, student schedules and total number of hours each student is authorized to work (based on a calculation of the student's financial need).
For more information:
Karen Kowalski, Assistant Dean for Career Development
University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law
P.O. Box 210176
Tucson, AZ 85721-0176