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 email@example.com
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Guidelines for Work-Study Students and Supervisors
Work Study Time Entry and Time Approval in Self Service
- Work Study Students are responsible for entering their time via Time Entry in Self Service.
- The Student must accurately record the hours for each day worked in the provided fields. To enter time for multiple work intervals in the same day, enter the hours for the first interval and then click the plus(+) sign to enter the second interval's hours in the additional fields that appear.
- All hours for the pay period, MUST be entered and submitted for approval, by the Time Entry deadline. (11:59 PM on the last day of the pay period as listed on the time entry screen.)
- The supervisor is responsible for reviewing and approving accurate hours by the Time Approval deadline. (Tuesday following the end of the pay period. Also listed on the time approval screen)
- Student Workers are paid for the hours worked. (Not eligible for paid holidays, snow days etc.) NOTE: Exception of Sick if available
- Once a schedule has been agreed upon, the student will report for work and remain at work during all of the scheduled hours unless the supervisor grants permission for the student to leave early.
- The student will ask for work upon signing in, notify the supervisor when the work is completed and ask if there is any more work to do. It is ordinarily not acceptable to send student workers away during scheduled work hours unless the student requests to leave early or there is cause for such action.
- If there is no work to be done on occasion, it is acceptable for the student to study (in a location designated by the supervisor) while waiting for an assignment from the supervisor. The student may not be released to study elsewhere and record the hours on the time sheet.
- If a student will be absent, it is expected that the student will inform the supervisor as soon as possible.
- If the supervisor will be absent, and the student therefore will not be able to work as scheduled, the supervisor should notify the student in advance whenever possible.
Transfering to Other Departments
- Students are not usually permitted to change Work-Study assignments during a semester without approval from their supervisor and the Financial Aid office.
- If either the student or the supervisor wishes to terminate the Work-Study assignment, please contact the Financial Aid office. An attempt will be made to resolve any issues and if necessary the student will be reassigned.
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.