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Federal Work Study

Federal Work Study Job Descriptions

Note: Each department hires 1-3 students for the academic year. Please select positions that you believe are a good fit and list your top three on the work study application that was mailed to you.

Admissions and Records Student Assistant

Academic Services - (Online Center)

Academic Services - student assistant

Tool Room

Business Office

Child Care Center

Counseling- Assessment

ECD Program

Financial Aid-Office Assistant

Financial Aid- Director's Assistant

Fine Arts and Humanities

Health and P.E.

Language Arts (WRAC Center)


Chemistry Lab Assistant

Biology Lab Assistant

Disabled Student Center

PACE office

Puente Project Student Assistant

Office of Student Life

Maintenance and Grounds

Health Center

Safety and Security

SOTA student assistant

President's Office

What is Federal Work Study?

  • Federal Work-Study program (FWS) is a federally funded employment program that enables you to work part-time (up to 20 hours per week) on campus (or in rare cases, off campus).
  • The amount awarded is the maximum amount you can earn during the academic year; it does not guarantee job placement.
  • You must be enrolled at least half time (6 units) during the Fall/ Spring/ Summer to participate in the FWS program. If you drop below 6 units or withdraw from school, you must stop working immediately.
  • You must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress to be eligible.

How do I apply for Federal Work Study?

  1. First step is to apply for financial aid by completing your FAFSA application early.
  2. The FAFSA application asks students if they are interested in Federal Work Study.  Choose "yes". 

Not all applicants are awarded FWS Funds, this is a federal program and funding is limited. FWS are offered on a 1st come 1st served basis.  International students are not eligible for Federal Work Study Program.

What happens after I indicate interest in my FAFSA?

  • New Financial Aid award letter via the Zone-sent to student, summarizing the  financial aid award amount. Also, students receive a federal work study award letter, and a copy of the student assistant application. Student must indicate interest in FWS by submitting the completed student assistant application to our office by deadline dates.
  • After you submit your application, hiring departments come to our office to review applicants. They choose the applicants they are interested in, contact the student and set up an interview with the student.
  • If the department is interested in hiring the student, he/she will obtain the student employment requisition form. The student must complete their portion of the requisition form and submit to the hiring dept, then get a TB test for employment purposes.  Some student positions may require fingerprinting.
  • Once everything is completed, the hiring department will contact the student about the employment start date.

Note: in order for students to remain in the FWS program, he/she must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress, be enrolled at least 1/2 time, and re-new/re-apply for work study on the FAFSA  between October 1st and March 2nd each year.

NEW!! Resources for Campus Supervisors / Administrators

Student Assistant - Categories & Pay Schedule

Student Assistant - New Hire Packet

Student Assistant - Rehire Packet


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