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How Does Day1CPT Differ from Federal Work-Study?

The Federal Work-Study (FWS) program at USF funds student employment opportunities that you can apply for once you get to campus. The money you earn from your job goes straight to you, like a regular paycheck. FWS is available to undergraduates and second and third-year law school students who qualify for need-based financial aid.

If your financial aid offer includes FWS funds, you will have priority consideration for on-campus jobs. Some positions are reserved only for students with FWS. However, you’re not required to seek employment, and you can apply for any student job, even if it’s not an FWS-only position.

To be considered for FWS, you must complete a FAFSA each year.

Curricular Practical Training (CPT) status allows international students with an F-1 student visa to gain work experience through employment training and paid internship programs directly related to their major area of study.

Day 1 CPT has more strict requirements when it comes to working and only allows students to work in specific fields of study. Check out this page for more details on Day 1 CPT requirements.

Part-time CPT is 20hr/week; Full-time CPT is 40hr/week; if you used full-time CPT for 12 months, you will not be able to use your OPT after graduation. 

If you are an international student looking to work and study, check by filling out this form

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