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What is Work Study? 

The Work Study Program provides the opportunity for students to earn money while gaining work experience. It can provide some regular monthly income to help offset educational expenses and reduce loan debt. Students gain valuable job experience and an opportunity to evaluate their program of study and career goals. Work study is not a grant; you must work to earn it.

There are several types of work study:

  • The Federal and State program is available to financial aid-eligible students. Jobs are located both on and off campus. Work Study is a need-based financial aid award. You must apply and be determined eligible for financial aid to receive work study. Funding is offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Students who are not offered work study as part of their original financial aid package may elect to be placed on a wait list.

  • Institutional student employment is for students who are not eligible through financial aid but are paid through department budgets for special skills needed by the department.

  • Athletic work study is awarded to athletes through the Athletic Department. Check with your coach to see if you are eligible.

  • International work study is limited to international students. This type of work study employment is on-campus only and must be authorized through the International Student Office.

How do I get Work Study?

Apply for financial aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), answering YES to the question that you are interested in work study. If you are offered Work Study, you will receive an award notification from the Financial Aid Office and an invitation to attend a Work Study Orientation via email from the Work Study Office. 

How do I accept my Work Study offer?

Work Study is awarded in offered status and the status can only be updated by the Work Study Office.

The Work Study Office will updated the award status to "Accepted" after you have attended Work Study Orientation, secured a Work Study job and submitted all required paperwork to the Work Study Office. If funding is exhausted by the time you return to the Work Study Office with a job, you will be placed on the waitlist.  

Certificate of Eligibility (COE)

Once you have attended a Work Study Orientation and turned in all required documents to the Work Study office, you will receive an SFCC Work Study Certificate of Eligibility for (COE). This form contains information about your award and how many hours you may work per week. The COE must be signed by the supervisor and returned to the Work Study office. At the time you submit your COE, please bring in valid forms of identification to fill out the Employment Eligibility Verification form (I-9).

Pay Rates

The pay rates for each assigned job will be based on student's award (Federal, State, International, etc.) combined with the position will be working in. This is accomplished in accordance with our district policy, along with federal and state regulations. 

Work Study Waitlist

If you would like to be placed on the Work Study Waitlist, please complete the Work Study Waitlist Form. The Work Study Office will award eligible students on a first-come, first-served basis. The Work Study Waitlist for the 2021-2022 academic year will open September 1st!