Federal Work Study

Award Range: up to $2000/semester
Appears on Award Letter As: FWS

Federal Work Study is part-time employment on-campus. The Office of Financial Aid determines how many dollars a student may earn through this program each semester. Once eligibility has been determined and a student’s financial aid award has been packaged, the student can search for a job and apply for open positions through Career Services (room LRC-113, Learning Resources Center).

No guarantee of employment is made, even when funds are offered through this program. If Federal Work Study is offered, it is up to the student to apply for available positions. However, if Federal Work Study is offered as part of your Financial Aid Package, you are not obligated to accept this form of assistance. You may already have a job, or find that you prefer to use your non-classroom time for studying or other responsibilities. Generally, students earn minimum wage for the hours they work.

Students are usually limited to working no more than 20 hours per week during the regular school year and no more than 39 hours per week during approved vacation periods, providing both funding and work are available. Students receiving funding from the Family Independence Agency may request permission to work 30 hours per week. The hours available will vary, depending on the individual departmental needs and the College’s budgetary restrictions.

Students must take at least 6 credit hours in the semester in which they wish to work. Students are not eligible to work if they drop below these minimum required enrollment levels.

You are expected to work during those hours agreed upon with the employer. Failure to abide by work policies set by your employer and the college may result in the loss of your Federal Work Study job.

The HFCC Payroll Office prepares and distributes paychecks on a bi-weekly basis to students employed on campus through the College Work-Study programs. Direct deposit of Federal Work Study earnings is available through the HFCC Payroll Office, if desired. The student and their supervisor are responsible for keeping track of the student’s total Federal Work Study earnings so as to make sure that earnings do not exceed the amount awarded.