Federal Work Study

Federal Work Study

Hey Gladiators! Welcome to Federal Work Study! 

You may be thinking, "What's 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 and/or remotely (off campus)! FWS funds are limited and offered on a 1st come 1st serve basis.

If you have any questions, please email Ariel Nelson, your FWS Financial Aid Advisor, for support!

Federal Work Study
Financial Aid Advisor

Building & room Student Services, Bldg. 700

Phone 510.723.7673

Email anelson@chabotcollege.edu

staff Ariel Nelson (she/her)

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for the FWS program, a student must:

  1. Be enrolled at least ½ time
  2. Meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) standards
  3. Have financial need, based on their completed financial aid file.


  • Note: International students are not eligible for the Federal Work Study program.
  • The FWS amount offered is the maximum amount a student can earn during the academic year; however it does not guarantee job placement.
  • Students must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress and be enrolled at least half time (6 units) during the Fall/Spring and/or Summer term. 
  • If a FWS student drops below 6 units or withdraws completely from school, they must stop working immediately and notify their employer and the Financial Aid Office.

How do I apply for Federal Work Study?


  1. First step is to apply for financial aid by completing your FAFSA application early. Priority awarding is provided to students who apply by March 2nd each year.
  2. The FAFSA application asks students if they are interested in Federal Work Study. Choose "yes". 
If you are not sure that you've selected 'Yes' to the FWS question, please check your SAR report on the FAFSA and/or make a correction. Eligibility will still be reviewed and the program remains first come first serve.


Not all applicants are awarded FWS Funds, this is a federal program and funding is limited. 

What happens after I indicate interest in my FAFSA?


  • If you are interested in participating and would like to be considered for the Federal Work-Study program, please send an email request, from your zonemail, with your student ID # (W10_____) to Ariel Nelson (she/her) at anelson@chabotcollege.edu. Please put “FWS Request”  in the subject line of the email.

  • We will review your request and reply as soon as possible. Not all applicants are offered FWS Funds.  Students who appear eligible for FWS Program will receive the Student Assistant Application, via zonemail to complete and return via zonemail.

  • When a department is interested in hiring a FWS Student, they will review the applications and contact students to set up an interview. After the FWS applicant is selected, a Student Employment Requisition (hiring packet) will be provided. Each potential FWS student must complete their portion of the hiring packet and submit it back to the hiring department and get a TB test for employment purposes. Note: Some student positions may require fingerprinting.

  • After student submits hiring packet back to the department, the application will then be sent to  for completion before being sent to HR.

A student is NOT approved to work before a decision has been made by Human Resource, which will be communicated back to the respective hiring department.


  • Once the hiring process is completed, the hiring department will contact the student to inform them of the employment start date.

Reminder:  In order for students to remain in the FWS program, they must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress and be enrolled at least 1/2 time.  To be reconsidered for FWS the following school year, students re-apply for work study on the FAFSA between October 1st and March 2nd.  The FAFSA application asks students if they are interested in Federal Work Study. Choose "yes".

Federal Work Study Job Opportunities

Chabot College's Career Center posts jobs that are Federal Work Study eligible! Check out their webpage to see what positions are open!

Chabot Career Center's On-Campus Student Jobs