FWEP is a work program created to introduce eligible students to work experience
that will complement and reinforce their educational program and career goals and
provide a self-help student aid program that reduces student loan indebtedness.
This program was created in 1993 for students attending state universities, Florida
colleges (public community colleges), and nonprofit Florida postsecondary institutions eligible to participate
in the Florida Student Assistance Grant program. The Florida Legislature expanded
the program in 2007 to include career centers operated by a district school board
and to educator preparation institutes, thus expanding the program to include students
in certificate programs.
2. What are student qualifications?
The eligible student will:
Be a Florida resident and U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen.
Have earned a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale
for all college work completed to continue receiving the award annually.
Not owe a repayment under any state or federal grant or scholarship program unless
satisfactory arrangements to repay have been made.
Not be in default on any federal Title IV or state student loan program unless satisfactory
arrangements to repay have been made.
3. How does a student apply for FWEP?
An applicant must complete the
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered for
this grant. The deadline for filing the FAFSA is set by the postsecondary institution.
The student should contact the financial aid office at the institution they are
planning to attend for more information.
4. Which Florida postsecondary institutions are eligible to provide student
funding for this program?
Postsecondary institutions that are
eligible to participate in FWEP are state universities
Florida colleges (public community colleges), and nonprofit Florida postsecondary institutions participating
in either the Florida Private Student Assistance Grant or the Florida Postsecondary
Student Assistance Grant. Also eligible to participate are career centers operated
by district school boards and institutions with
educator preparation institutes.
5. What is the award amount?
The studentís award amount is contingent upon the hourly wage and hours the student
works. The award amount shall not exceed the studentís unmet financial need. Unmet
financial need is derived from the cost of attendance (COA) minus the Expected Family Contribution
(EFC) and any other grants and scholarships the student is receiving. The student
wages should be no less than the federal or state minimum wage, whichever is greater.
6. What is Cost Of Attendance (COA)?
The COA is an estimate of how much money will be required to attend school for one year at a
college, including all reasonable expenses. The COA is determined for each student by the
postsecondary institution and may include:
Tuition and fees
Books, supplies, transportation, personal, misc.
Room and board
Study abroad expenses
Employment expenses for co-op study
7. How are awards disbursed?
The employer pays the student from their payroll based on the number of hours a
student works. The institution arranges for employment with the employer.
8. What costs are disbursed to the student's employer?
The Florida Department of Education (FDOE) will provide:
100% reimbursement to the institution for on-campus employment as well as to public
elementary and secondary school employers, and
Up to 70% reimbursement to all other employers.
Reimbursement does not include the full cost of any mandatory benefits.
Note: The institution furnishes the full cost of all pre-employment requirements that are
necessary for a student to be employed by a public elementary or secondary school employer from the FWEP funds received.
9. How often is the student reimbursed wages?
The payment schedule is determined by the employer; however, the employer is required
to provide compensation to the student at least once per month.
10. May a student with a baccalaureate degree participate in this program?
11. May a student receive funding for a second certificate or diploma program?
Yes, if a student is enrolled in an eligible certificate program of study of 450
or more clock hours at a career center operated by a district school board and has
already earned a certificate or diploma, the student may receive FWEP for another
certificate program funded for up to 110% of the clock hours required to complete
the program of study.