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Work-Study Program

What is the Federal Work-Study Program?

The work-study program is a federally funded program administered by MCCC to promote access to on-campus employment to help offset educational expenses. Work-study students may work part-time during the academic year.

How do I apply for the Federal Work-Study Program?

Students who wish to be considered for the academic year or Summer Federal Work-Study Program must file their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) no later than April 15 of each year and must indicate their interest in the program on the FAFSA application. Students will be considered for Federal Work-Study on a first-come first-served basis. Students apply for the Federal Work-Study program by completing the FAFSA each year. In order to participate in the program, students must be enrolled for at least 6 course credits in their major each semester.

Question 28 on the FAFSA asks, “Are you interested in being considered for work-study?” The student needs to check off yes. If a student does not receive a Federal Work-Study Award in their initial award package, they can email and ask to be added to the wait list. Students should be prepared to provide a resume (TEMPLATES at right) when asked. As positions become available, students on the waitlist will be selected to participate in the program. Students who are awarded FWS are NOT guaranteed a job as they must interview and be hired by the assigned department, even if they have worked in a previous semester or year.
Resume Template 1
Resume Template 2
(resume building assistance here)

How many hours per week of campus employment are available?

Students may work up to 10 hours per week during the academic year and must be enrolled at least half-time during that time. If there are funds available for the Summer term, students may also work up to 10 hours during the Summer sessions. Please note that these are the maximum hours permitted, not the number of hours the student must work as part of the Work-Study Program.

Pay Rate

Students will receive payment every two weeks based on the hours submitted. Pay rate as of the 2023-24 academic year is $14.13 per hour.

For more information, contact the Financial Aid Office at

Guidelines for Work-Study Students and Supervisors

Work Study Time Entry and Time Approval in Self Service

Work Schedules


Transfering to Other Departments

Please feel free to discuss any question or concern about Work-Study with the Financial Aid office. Thank you for your interest in the Work-Study program.