Federal Work Study

FEDERAL WORK STUDY (FWS) is a need-based financial aid program and is available summer, fall, winter and spring terms.  Employment opportunities are available on and off campus. Students must be enrolled at least half time and may begin working only after FWS is confirmed through a Financial Aid Offer. Students must apply early and demonstrate need.  Work Study is earn-as-you-go financial aid. Students earn money as they work, rather than a single lump sum. Flexible hours. Student work a specific number of hours based on their Work Study award. Employers often allow flexibility to accommodate class schedules. Not credited toward tuition and fees, students receive a monthly paycheck for hours worked.

  1. Apply for financial aid at www.fafsa.gov.
  2. Received award letter with offer of "Potential Federal Work Study".
  3. Search for a position on the CCC website.
  4. Fill out all paperwork listed on checklist.
  5. Once hired, your supervisor will complete your Payroll Authorization form available in the Work Study Forms section.
  6. Return all paperwork to the Human Resources Office.
  7. Student and Supervisor will receive an email from Human Resources with a date the student can start working.
  8. After your first day of work start recording your hours worked on a timesheet.

On campus work study students must complete a time card and give to their supervisor for approval by the due date listed each month. Off campus work study students must complete a time card, have your supervisor sign it and turn the time card to the Welcome Center in Columbia Hall by the due date.

All College employees are Mandatory Child Abuse Reporters. This includes all students who work for the College in the Federal Work Study Program. Here is more information regarding the policy:

  • One of the best things about working in a Federal Work Study job is that you and your supervisor can work out a schedule together each term that will fit around your classes.
  • You may be able to find a job that is related to your field of study (not a requirement) and receive college credit for the hours you work. Contact Lisa Nyberg at 503-338-2480 for further information on Work Experience.
  • You gain valuable work experience and a solid reference which you can use on a future resume.
  • Unlike earnings from other jobs, Federal Work Study is not counted in your adjusted gross income when calculating your eligibility for financial aid the next year. This makes you eligible for more need-based aid than if you work for a private employer.
  • Studies show students engaged in work study while attending college have a higher academic success rate.
  • You receive a monthly paycheck for the hours you have worked.
  • Work Study allows you to earn money for college, possibly reducing debt from student loans that will have to be paid back.

Students are paid monthly based on the number of hours worked each month. You may choose to work fewer hours than you have available, but the amount you earn each term cannot exceed your total award for the term as indicated on your award letter. In most cases FWS can be increased. If you use your initial award please come to the financial aid office to see if additional FWS is available.

Review the Jobs List to see what employment opportunities are available on and off campus. The list will be updated as jobs change or get added. All FWS opportunities are also listed out side the financial aid office in Columbia Hall. Locations, supervisor names and contact numbers are given along with job descriptions and hours available. Pick a job or jobs you might like to do and contact the supervisor to schedule a time for an interview. When the supervisor approves you to work, have the supervisor fill out the Payroll Authorization that is part of the FWS downloadable paperwork . Once signed, it is returned to the Welcome Center.

Supervisors please review the following: