FWS employees must be paid on time for all hours worked.
Employers are prohibited from accepting voluntary services from any FWS employee.
Hourly Rate Requirements
- At least the federal minimum wage
- The fair market wage consistent with the geographic region, the type of work performed, the employee’s proficiency, the position responsibilities, and experience required
- Determined by the employer and if needed, in consultation with The University of Utah Division of Human Resources
- May not be established or changed based on FWS status
In general, the FWS program will fund 75% of the gross hourly wage up to $10.00/hour. Employing departments will fund the following FWS employment costs:
- 25%, hourly wage up to $10.00/hour
- 100%, hourly wage over $10/00/hour
- 100%, employer paid taxes: FICA, Worker’s Compensation, Unemployment Insurance
- 100%, employer paid benefits: Transportation Fee, Health Insurance provided under the Affordable Care Act.
- 100%, hourly wage paid for hours worked over the maximum allowed hours
Hourly Wage Example: An on-campus department employing a student at $11.00/hour will pay $3.50/hour of the gross hourly wage - $2.50/hour (25% of $10.00/hour) plus $1.00/hour (100% of $1.00/hour).
FWS earnings are taxed in the same manner as any other temporary student position. Income taxes are withheld according to the W-4. FICA taxes apply during periods of non-enrollment.
Unallowable Pay Types
FWS cannot fund any wages other than regular hourly pay. Wages not paid as regular hourly pay will be charged 100% to the employing department. This includes, but is not limited to:
- Shift Differential
- Holiday Leave
- Vacation Leave
- Sick Leave
- Retroactive Pay
- Other Pay
Wages are not FWS wages if earned and/or paid under the following conditions:
- No valid JRN
- In excess of the FWS award amount
- Before or after the authorized award period
- Incorrect ePAF
- During a period the student is not eligible for FWS funding
- After notification by the FWS Coordinator that the JRN has expired