What is Work Study?

The Federal Work-Study Program provides jobs for undergraduate and graduate students with financial need, allowing them to earn money to help pay education expenses. The program encourages community service work and work related to your course of study.

How much will I make?

Your Federal Work-Study salary will be at least the current federal minimum wage, but it may be higher, depending on the type of work you do and the skills required. Currently, Work-Study students here at our college earn $9.00 per hour. Your total Federal Work-Study award depends on when you apply, your level of need, and the funding level of your school.

How will I be paid?

If you’re an undergraduate, you’ll be paid by the hour. No Federal Work-Study student may be paid by commission or fee. Wallace Community College Selma pays you directly once a month. All Work-Study students are paid on the last working day of each month.  All employees are paid through direct deposit.

Are Federal Work-Study jobs on campus or off campus?

Both. If you work on campus, you’ll usually work for your school. If you work off campus, your employer will usually be a private, nonprofit organization or a public agency. The work performed must be in the public interest. Some schools may have agreements with private 
for-profit employers for Federal Work-Study jobs, which must be judged to be relevant to your course of study.

Can I work as many hours as I want?

No. The amount you earn can’t exceed your total Federal Work-Study award. When assigning work hours, your employer or financial aid administrator will consider your class schedule and your academic progress.
     -From the U.S. Department of Education

Steps to Applying

Students interested in applying for a FWS position should first complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine financial need.

A student’s work-study application and a copy of his/her current schedule should be submitted to the Financial Aid Office.

Applicants who meet the requirements of available positions will be interviewed by the supervisor. Applicants should be selected based on their skills and availability for the position.