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Federal Work Study

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. Students 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.

Federal Work Study During COVID-19: 
Federal Work Study (FWS) Students are an essential part of the Chabot College workforce, and many student workers rely on the money they earn working on campus offered by the FWS Program. We have several Federal Work Study students transitioning to work remotely to meet the needs within the Chabot College Student Services Family and Community. The Financial Aid Office is continuing to compensate our FWS Student employees who can’t continue working on campus during this difficult time. Per Federal Student Aid guidelines, Federal Work Study (FWS) students who are not able to keep working will continue to be paid for the hours they were expected to work through the remainder of the Spring 2020 term. 

As we transition to the Summer 2020 term, only students who meet all eligibility requirements for summer, just as they do for fall/spring will be considered for the FWS Program.

To be eligible for FWS, a student must:

Be enrolled at least ½ time for summer,
Have financial eligibility from a completed 2019-20 FA file and have remaining summer financial eligibility,
Meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) standards (to be evaluated after the Spring grades are posted, est. the week of June 8, 2020)

We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience.