Federal Work Study

  • Federal Work Study is a federally-funded program of part-time employment for students with financial need. This program allows students to earn money to help pay for their educational expenses. The Office of Financial Aid determines eligibility using federal guidelines. Employment can be in a variety of positions in various departments. Receipt of FWS is dependent upon securing a student employee position on or off campus. Eligible students who are interested in FWS must complete a Student Employee Application, apply, and interview for the positions in which they are interested. FWS funds are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.

    Annual award amount: Varies based on student eligibility.
    The academic year begins with the fall term and ends with the summer term.

    Eligibility Requirements:

    • Students must be generally eligible to participate in the Federal Title IV aid programs.
    • Students must be enrolled in an eligible program of study. A FWS student may continue to work over the summer term even if they are not enrolled for the summer, but they must be enrolled in the following fall term and must show financial need for the fall term. The summer FWS earnings must be used to cover the fall term expenses.
    • The student must have a valid FAFSA on file, must show financial need, and must be eligible for a FWS award.
    • The student must meet Satisfactory Academic Progress standards.

    Applications:

    • Free Application for Federal Student Aid at www.fafsa.ed.gov
    • Student Employment Application. Forms can be obtained from the Financial Aid office on the campus where you will be completing your Program of Study.

    Current job listings may be found at www.collegecentral.com/southeast. To use the online service, you must log in with your SCC user name and password. Listings are also available in the campus Financial Aid offices.

    Federal Work Study (FWS) Terms and Conditions

    • No student may earn more than their award.
    • The student must be paid for all hours worked.
    • The student will be paid monthly.
    • The student may not work in a FWS position during their scheduled class time.
    • The student may not continue to work in a FWS position if the student withdraws from SCC for the semester or academic year. Employment must cease from the point the student withdraws.
    • A student who exhausts their FWS award must cease employment or must make arrangements with their supervisor to continue working using non-Federal Work Study funds.
    • FWS employers must pay students at least the current federal minimum wage.
    • FWS employment must not displace or replace employee positions.
    • FWS positions must not involve constructing, operating, or maintaining any part of a building used for religious worship or sectarian instruction.