Federal College Work-Study is a type of financial aid that is need-based. Once your file has been processed by our office, it must show that you have a need which is the difference between your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) and the Cost of Attendance.

What is Federal College Work-Study?

  • It provides earnings for temporary employment on-campus or at an off-campus agency (limited availability). 
  • The hourly rate is paid at the current minimum wage once a month (This is separate from your Pell Grant disbursement).
  • Placement is done for the academic year.
  • Summer is offered on a limited basis.

Funding is limited and awards are based on a first-come first-serve basis.

First-come, first-serve awarding is based on the day your file is processed by our office, not the date you completed the FAFSA application. Complete your file with our office as soon as you receive the email notification that our office has received your FAFSA.

If you were not initially offered Federal College Work-Study, but are interested in having it, please contact the Financial Aid Office to see if you may qualify and how to obtain it.

Why Choose Federal College Work-Study?

  • Income: Helps pay educational expenses and pocket money for things you want and need.
  • Opportunity: Although you are not guaranteed a job if you are awarded Work–Study, you are much more likely to be hired if you have Work–Study eligibility. In addition, your job will be close to where you study.
  • Schedule: Your employer knows your first priority is as a college student. Employers try to be as flexible as possible in scheduling work hours around your class schedule.
  • Future Financial Aid Eligibility: As a financial aid need-based program, Work–Study income (although taxable) does not affect your future financial aid eligibility in the next tax year.
  • Work Experience: Students who have job experience and who have worked while attending school are more attractive to future employers. Your supervisor may become an excellent reference. For those who have no work experience this would be a great opportunity for you to gain that need experience.

If you decide not to use your Work–Study award, there is no negative effect on your financial aid awards.  

Steps to Participate in Federal College Work-Study

  • Must fill out your FAFSA application and be processed by our office
  • Must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 academic units at all times
  • Must have received your award notification email and see award on your award letter 
  • Must participate in the Job Fair and Orientation and complete employment process
  • Must be SAP eligible and in Satisfactory standing with Financial Aid

Payment of Work-Study Earnings

  • You and your location coordinator are expected to record and monitor your hours worked each day on a work-study timecard. 
  • You may not work more than the hours authorized by the Federal Work-Study Program Coordinator.
  • Your location coordinator will submit your timecard at the end of each month. 
  • You will receive your paycheck around the 10th of the following month. 

Contact Us

If you have questions, please contact us at (530) 242-7660 or workstudy@shastacollege.edu.