FEDERAL WORK STUDY (FWS) is a federally funded program that gives students the opportunity to earn part or all of their financial need by working on campus. Jobs are available as clerks, grounds maintenance persons, custodians, lab assistants, tutors and others. The salary received is at least minimum wage or higher depending on skills required, and students are able to work up to 20 hours per week while classes are in session and 40 hours per week during vacation periods. The number of hours that you may work depends upon your need for financial assistance, your class schedule, and your health and academic progress. Work study is included as part of the student's financial aid package if the student expressed an interest in work study on the FAFSA.
PLEASE NOTE: You need to sign up for work-study early as there is always a wait list! If you have not signed a contract to work within seven (7) days of the beginning of the semester, you will have your work-study award removed.
Federal Work Study funds are earned through employment. A time sheet is submitted by the first (1st) of the month and funds are disbursed on the last working day of the month the timesheet is turned in. (Please note: timesheets submitted after the 10th of the month will not be processed until the end of the next month.)
The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 requires that all student employees hired by the college district after November 7, 1986, be able to verify both identity and employment eligibility. In order to verify their identity and employment eligibility, students need to present one document from list "A", or one document from list "B" and one document from list "C."
1. U.S. Passport
2. Certificate of U.S. Citizenship
3. Certificate of Naturalization
4. Unexpired foreign passport with attached employment authorization
5. Alien Registration Card (green card) with photograph
1. Driver's License or State I.D. Card
2. U.S. Military I.D. Card
1. Social Security Card (original)
2. Birth Certificate (original)
3. Unexpired INS Employment Authorization
All students should read and understand the eligibility requirements for all forms of student employment. All student employees are advised that they must satisfactorily perform their assigned work according to their job descriptions and under the direction of their work supervisor. Student employees must also agree to notify work supervisors in advance if they are unable to report for work at their scheduled work hours.
Work supervisors are responsible for turning in work time sheets on the scheduled dates and for verifying hours worked with the student.
Average weekly work hours are computed for each student employee based on the amount of the work authorization and the number of weeks of employment. Students should not exceed those limits and cannot earn more than the amount authorized.