Federal Work Study
The Federal Work Study Program provides an opportunity for on-campus employment to students with a high demonstrated financial need especially to those without transportation. Various academic and administrative departments employ College Work-Study students in clerical, operational, and other office support functions. Working hours are generally limited to 10 hours per week. Usually students are paid minimum wage and receive a paycheck every two weeks. Work study amounts must be earned and are not credited to your billing account directly. Working students earn paychecks to supplement their income and cover education-related expenses. Your Federal Work Study assignment will be determined during a job fair at he beginning of the fall semester. Information will be mailed prior to your arrival on campus in the fall about the job fair, as well as the required forms to complete if working on campus, (W-4, MA-4 and I-9 forms). Students can elect to sign over part of their work study earnings toward their tuition bill.
Community Service Work Study
Community Service is an aspect of the FWS program designed to place students in service oriented positions within the community. These positions are generally off campus and must provide a service to the general community. For example, approved positions would include tutoring in surrounding schools, community recreation programs, and providing assistance through volunteer organizations.
Declining Federal Work Study
If you choose to decline your FWS award, you do not need to repay the college. FWS funds are earned through working during the semester. If no FWS work was completed, no award money will be received.
Should you choose to decline your FWS award, please contact the Office of Student Financial Services to inform them (in writing) that you do not wish to participate in the program. This will free up FWS funding so it can be awarded to other students.