Florida Work Experience Program
The Florida Work Experience Program (FWEP) is a need-based program providing eligible Florida students work experiences to
complement and reinforce their educational and career goals. FWEP is a decentralized state of Florida program, which means
each eligible participating
college, university, Florida college (public community college), career center operated by a district school board, and
educator preparation institute determines application
procedures, deadlines, student eligibility, and award amount.
Initial Eligibility Requirements to Receive Funding
The student will:
- Be a Florida resident and a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen. A studentís residency
and citizenship status are determined by the postsecondary institution.
Questions regarding such status should be directed to the financial aid office or admissions
office of the institution the student plans to attend.
- Not owe a repayment or be in default under any state or federal grant, loan, or scholarship program unless
satisfactory arrangements to repay have been made.
- Not have previously received a baccalaureate degree (unless enrolled in an eligible
educator preparation institute).
- Enroll for a minimum of six credit hours per term or 180 clock hours at an
eligible college or
university currently participating in FWEP in an associate or baccalaureate degree
- Enroll no less than half-time in a career certificate program consisting of no less
than 450 clock hours of instruction at an
eligible career center, or
- Enroll as no less than a half-time student in good standing at an
eligible educator preparation institute.
- Maintain the equivalent of a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 on
a 4.0 scale.
Applying for an Award
The student will demonstrate financial need by completing the
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in time to be processed error free by the deadline
specified by the institution.
Student Award Renewal
- A renewal applicant must have earned a minimum institutional cumulative GPA
of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale and during the academic year earned:
- 12 credit hours (360 clock hours) per term for full-time enrollment, or
- 9 credit hours (270 clock hours) for three-quarter time enrollment, or
- 6 credit hours (180 clock hours) for half-time enrollment.
- Eligibility for renewal is determined at the end of the second semester or third quarter of each
academic year. Credit or clock hours earned during the previous summer can be counted
toward the total number of credit hours required for renewal.
- Demonstrate financial need by completing an error free
FAFSA each academic year
by the deadline specified by the institution.
Failure to Meet the Minimum Renewal GPA
- If a student does not meet the minimum GPA, a probationary award may be granted
for two semesters or three quarters.
- To be eligible for renewal the following year after probation, the student must
have earned the required credit or clock hours and institutional cumulative GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale.
Failure to Meet the Minimum Renewal Credit/Clock Hours
- A student who does not meet the minimum number of credit or clock hours required for
renewal may not receive funding the following academic year.
- To be eligible for funding in a subsequent year, the student must apply for restoration
and meet the general eligibility requirements for restoration and have earned an institutional
cumulative GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale.
Student Award Restoration
- The student may be eligible for restoration if an institutional cumulative GPA of 2.0 on a
4.0 scale is earned at the end of the second semester or third quarter of the academic year
for which the student was ineligible.
- A student may apply for restoration with the postsecondary institution after two
semesters or three quarters at the end of the spring term.
Student Award Reinstatement
A student who met the requirements for a renewal award, but did not receive an award
during a full year of eligibility and wishes to reestablish use of the grant, may apply for reinstatement with the postsecondary
institution in a subsequent year provided the student has earned an institutional cumulative GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0
scale as of the end of the second semester or third quarter of the academic year
preceding the year the award is sought.
- The postsecondary institution will determine applicant eligibility, number of hours
to be worked per week, and the award amount.
- The studentís award in combination with all other resources shall not exceed the
studentís net financial need.
Funding is based on the number of hours a student worked. Students receive the
award funding directly from the employer.
Terms of Eligibility
- A student is eligible to participate in the program for 110% of the number of
semester, quarter, or clock hours required to
complete the program of study in which enrolled, or until the receipt
of a first baccalaureate degree, whichever comes first.
- Undergraduate students participating in college-preparatory instruction, students
requiring additional time to complete the college-level communication and
computation skills testing programs (CLAST), or students enrolled in a 5-year
undergraduate degree program are funded through the 110% of the number of credits required to complete the program of study.
- Unused hours may not be used for further course funding after a student earns a
baccalaureate degree (except at an
eligible participating educator preparation institute).
An applicant who believes financial aid has been wrongly denied has certain rights to appeal.
If aid is denied for failure to meet satisfactory academic progress requirements, an
applicant may appeal the denial to the institution by providing proof of illness or other
emergency beyond the applicant's control. An institutional academic progress appeal is
to be filed in writing within 30 days of the denial letter or by the date established by the
institutionís financial aid office, whichever is later.
An applicant must notify the Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA) of any change in name, address, or institution
attended. A student may update information the following ways:
- By accessing and updating the student record on the OSFA website at
using the assigned User ID and PIN:
- Select State Grants, Scholarships & Applications,
- select Application Status & Award History, and then
- under Initial Student Update, select the appropriate option.
- By calling OSFA toll-free at 1-888-827-2004.
Transferring from one institution to another will affect an applicantís award.
Use of an Applicantís Social Security Number/Non-discrimination
The Privacy Act of 1974 requires state agencies to inform applicants of the reasons for
requesting their Social Security numbers (SSN). The Florida Department of Education (FDOE) requests an SSN on all
applications for student financial assistance in order to correctly identify applicants,
match each applicant's financial aid record with the student record at the
postsecondary institution the applicant attends, and help coordinate state student aid
programs with federal student aid programs.
An applicant will not be denied financial assistance for failure to disclose the SSN. Without an SSN, correct identification
of an applicant's record cannot be assured and may result in an error in the award amount or a delay in the disbursement of an award.
Pursuant to Section 1000.05, Florida Statutes, state student financial assistance is
provided to eligible applicants without discriminating on the basis of race, sex, national
origin, marital status, or handicap. Minority status will be considered when required by
law as a condition of eligibility or selection.
For further information contact the financial aid office at
eligible participating postsecondary institutions or the Florida Department of Education, Office of Student Financial
Assistance, State Scholarship and Grant Programs, 325 West Gaines Street, Suite 1314, Tallahassee,
Florida 32399-0400. Contact OSFA toll-free at 1-888-827-2004.