Federal Work Study
The Federal Work Study program provides jobs, both on and off-campus, for students who have additional need which cannot be met by grants or loans alone.
Who is qualified to receive work study?
Any student who is eligible for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), has documented financial need, and checks the box on the FAFSA form for work study is qualified. Students can request and/or apply for work study funds any time during the academic year.
Students must meet all federal financial aid eligibility requirements. For a complete list of federal financial aid eligibility requirements visit the financial aid eligibiliy page.
How and when is work study awarded?
If you meet the above requirements and receive a financial aid award letter indicating work study, the work study coordinator will contact you to make an appointment. It is possible to arrange your job and complete the required paperwork in 20 minutes. Work study job placement is open Monday – Friday from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm throughout the calendar year.
Need, class schedule, academic progress, and health status determine the award. In accepting this award, students agree to work part-time and receive payroll checks every two weeks. In any academic year, a student may work for the number of hours that earns a gross salary equal to the dollar amount of his or her award. Students may contact the Financial Aid office for current hourly pay rates. Earnings may be used as needed by students (food, transportation, clothing, etc.). The college must make employment reasonably available to all eligible students. In the event that more students are eligible for FWS than funds are available, preference is given to students who have the greatest financial need.
Where will I work?
There are four categories from which to choose:
- Clerical/office positions on-campus working in various departments. Departments include Student Affairs, Health Office, Arts and Humanities, EMS Academy, Office Technology, and more.
- Community Service positions on-campus (Library, Cultural Affairs, Native Plant Center, etc.) and also at college extension sites and in community agencies.
- America Reads/America Counts, a tutoring program off-campus in your community YMCA, elementary school, and day care centers. Qualified math tutors are also needed to work on-campus and at college extension sites.
- Non-profit community agencies.
Career and Transfer Services provides a listing of Federal Work Study jobs available on campus and in the community, as well as administrative procedures for student placement. Working hours should not conflict with class schedules. Students may not work for more than an average of 20 hours a week while classes are in session and 40 hours during vacation periods. For more information on work study programs available, visit the Career and Transfer Services’ Special Programs page.