A student can earn money to help pay educational expenses and gain valuable work experience
with a work-study position. While most positions are on-campus, opportunities may
involve community service work, and when possible, work is related to a student's
course of study. Positions range from tutoring young children to clerical positions
to data entry.
Types of College Work-Study
Two types of work-study are
- Federal Work-Study Program (FWS) is a federally funded program that pays 75% of the
student’s pay while the hiring department pays 25%. If the student is employed in
an off-campus tutoring CWS job the federal government funds 100% of the student’s
- The state funded Work-Study Program pays 75 percent of your earnings, while the employing
department pays is responsible for only 25 percent.
It's recommended the FAFSA be completed as soon as possible after January 1, but no
later than March 1 in order to make the priority deadline. In order to qualify for
work-study, the FAFSA must indicate sufficient financial need as determined by government
Applying for Work-Study
To apply for work-study, a student marks "yes" to the question on the FAFSA that asks
if the student is interested in student employment and completes the FAFSA.
Getting a Work-Study Job
Once you are awarded Work-Study you may begin applying for open positions on the Work-Study
Job Page. If you have any questions before you begin applying, please contact Larry
All students must have the Human Resources Office fill out an I-9 Clearance form prior
to the Workshop. Students are required to bring their I-9 to the Work-Study Workshop
in order to have their name presented to the hiring departments. The student must
attend the workshop to obtain a position either on or off-campus.
Students already awarded work study should visit the Work-Study Job page to find a listing of currently open jobs.
Work-Study Pay and Maximum Number of Hours
Work-Study positions are hourly wage jobs in which a student works for an employer
according to a mutually agreed-upon schedule and is paid by direct deposit on a bi-weekly
basis for the hours worked. The maximum number of hours a student may work per week
Work-study awards are not automatically applied towards a student’s tuition bill,
nor is the amount of the award guaranteed. An award simply authorizes a student to
participate in the program and sets a limit as to the amount of income a student can
earn during the academic year. It is the responsibility of the student to work enough
hours to reach the earnings limit and to budget the money wisely throughout the year
to meet necessary college costs.