Federal Work-Study Program

The Federal Work-Study Program (FWS) is part of the Title IV Federal Grant program for students in need of financial aid. You must submit a FAFSA to be eligible. If you do not qualify for a Pell Grant, you may still be eligible for the work-study program. If you are not eligible for a Pell Grant, you still must provide all documents required, i.e., transcripts, placement tests or other verification documents requested by the government.

Job descriptions for each FWS position are available in the FWS Coordinator’s office. These job descriptions outline the job’s duties and responsibilities. A work-study job assignment should be treated like any other part-time job you may apply for. Supervisors look for work-study students who are dependable and responsible.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to be receiving Financial Aid to be a Federal Work Study?

No, you do not have to be receiving any sort of Financial Aid to be a Work Study, but you do have to have applied for Financial Aid (www.fafsa.gov).

If I am only taking one class can I still be a Work Study?

Yes! You only have to be enrolled for at least one credit hour to participate in the Work Study program.

Do I have to maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)?

Yes, students must maintain SAP to keep their eligibility for the FWS program. (Please refer to the Student Services section of the current College Catalog.)

I submitted my application. Now what happens?

Your application will be evaluated by the  Federal Work Study Coordinator to verify eligibility. Your application will then go into a “pool” of Work Study applications until a department supervisor requests an application. It is then sent to the department for their review.

Am I guaranteed a job as a Work Study if I am eligible?

Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee jobs for all of our applicants. There are a limited number of positions available throughout the year and we will do our best to try to place you in one of the departments as there are openings.

How long is my application kept on file with the Federal Work Study Coordinator?

Each semester students who have a Work Study application on file will receive a Contact Information and Availability Form. If this form is not returned to the FWS Coordinator by the specified date, your application will be discarded.

My address and phone number changed and I updated the information with the college. Will my Work Study application be automatically updated?

No. It is your responsibility to ensure that your contact information is kept up-to-date with the FWS Coordinator. If you move or change your telephone number, please see the coordinator to make the necessary changes.