How can I benefit from FWS employment?

You can earn money to help with your living and educational expenses or you can earn spending money. Studies indicate that students who have college work experience gain more than money. They learn to network and work and communicate with others. They also develop leadership, problem-solving, decision-making and time management skills. Most student workers who work fewer than 20 hours per week even do better academically.

When and how will I be paid?

You will not be paid until you have completed your Federal I-9, W-4, Work Authorization, and Direct Deposit Authorization Agreement form. You MUST complete these forms before you begin working. After you have completed all of your employment paperwork, you will complete and turn in a biweekly time sheet to your supervisor by the designated deadline. Your paycheck will be ready every other Friday and will be direct deposited into your personal bank account. 

How much will I get paid?

Most work-study positions will pay minimum wage. A few jobs will pay a higher wage because they require specialized skills, knowledge or certifications. You may not earn more than the amount of the work-study award in your financial aid package.

Can I get paid for studying during my work time?

No. Your work-study position is a real job just like any other job on campus. As an employee of the college, you are needed to work the times you are scheduled to work and to complete the tasks you are assigned. If you need time off to study, talk with your supervisor in advance about scheduling time off from your job. Remember, you have made a commitment to be at work at scheduled times. Work study is a “real job” where the employer requires work in exchange for wages.

What if I need time off from my job?

If you need time off from your job, you must discuss the situation with your supervisor at least 24 hours in advance of the time you need to be absent from work. Your supervisor may request that you submit your request in writing. In the event of illness, you must contact your supervisor as soon as possible before your normal time to report to work. Habitual tardiness and failure to work your assigned schedule are not acceptable work behaviors and may lead to loss of employment.

Can I wait until spring semester to find a job?

You may apply for a position anytime one is posted. However, most offices will fill their positions in the fall for the full academic year. If you play a sport or have a difficult class schedule, tell the supervisor during your interview to see if it is possible for the department to work with you on your work schedule for that semester.

Are there work-study positions available off campus?

If you qualify for Federal Work Study, you may be able to work at one of the established Community Shares Organizations or even create your own Community Shares position with a qualifying organization. Community Shares positions are community service jobs with local   non-profit governmental and community-based organizations. If you are interested in a community service job that is not listed on CCC Works, contact Amy Gilliland in the CCM about working for the organization.

I found a job but I don’t have my Social Security card. Can I still work?

The Department of Homeland Security requires employers to verify the work eligibility of all employees, including student workers. The Social Security card is normally the most convenient document for employees to use but your U.S. Passport or your certified birth certificate are also acceptable documents to verify your work eligibility. If you have lost your Social Security card, you may apply for a replacement card from the nearest Social Security office. If you need to start working right away, you may present the receipt that the Social Security Administration gives you and then the original card once you receive it.

I’m a returning student and I plan to work in the same department where I worked last year. Do I have to apply again this year?

Yes, you must apply each academic year for work-study positions. Work-study funds are awarded for only one academic year at a time and are based on financial need as determined by the FAFSA. A student might be eligible for FWS one year and not eligible the next year if the amount of financial need decreases.

Can my FWS award change during the year?

Yes, the FWS amount is subject to change if you receive additional resources, such as scholarships, loans or grants. You will be notified if the amount of your FWS award changes so you and your supervisor can adjust your work hours.

What happens if I don’t earn the full amount of my FWS award?

Any portion of your FWS award that is not earned by the end of the academic year will be forfeited and cannot be transferred to a subsequent award period or paid to you. There is no guarantee that you will be able to earn your entire FWS award.

Can my FWS earnings be automatically credited toward my tuition or other college charges?

No, the money you earn from working through the work-study program must be paid directly to you.

What should I do if I decide that I don’t like this job?

Talk with your supervisor about your concerns or problems with the position. Talk about your expectations for the job and how it has not met your expectations. Make sure that you fully understand the job duties and your responsibilities. In most jobs the employee must perform a few boring tasks before being trained on the more challenging aspects of the job. After talking with your supervisor, if you still think this is not the right job for you, you may resign from your position by giving your supervisor a written letter of resignation and working a two-week notice. After you have completed working your notice, you may apply for another job.