Federal Work-Study

Federal Work-Study

This part-time employment program (maximum of 20 hours per week) is a federal form of financial aid. Learn more about Federal Work Study by watching the Financial Aid TV video.

The award is based on a student’s financial need and contingent on the availability of funds. To be employed under this program, a student must have first applied for, been offered, and accepted a financial aid award, which includes Federal Work Study.

This program provides jobs on campus for students who have been determined by the application process to have a financial need and are able to work part-time on campus. Students must earn their awards through employment at the college. The funds are earned by hourly wages.

Supervisors interested in hiring a Federal Work Study student need to complete the Request for Work Study Student Assistant Form. Submit the forms to the Financial Aid Office in the Welcome Center, “A” Building.

To be considered for financial aid and to participate in the Federal Work Study Program, a student must meet the following requirements:

  1. Be enrolled in a minimum of 6 units at the College of Alameda.
  2. Be working towards a degree, certificate, or transfer program.
  3. Be making Satisfactory Academic Progress towards a declared program.
  4. Do not be in default on any Direct Loan, or Federal Family Educational Loans (FFEL), which includes Subsidized or Unsubsidized Stafford Loans.
  5. Do not owe on any grants received.

Rights: Students are informed that the following is a list of rights of employments under the Federal Work Study Program:

  1.  A student is entitled to a paid 15-minute break after a 4-hour consecutive work period.
  2.  A student is entitled to a meal period of not less than 30 minutes within a daily work period of five or more hours, except when a work period of not more than six hours will complete the day’s work. In that case, the meal period may be waived by the mutual consent of the supervisor and the student assistant. Meal periods are not paid time.

Responsibilities: Students are informed that the following is a list of responsibilities of employment under the Federal Work Study Program:

  1. Students must submit all necessary paperwork for their employment prior to commencing work.
  2. Students must conduct themselves as responsible citizens and are prohibited from specific actions listed in the College Handbook.
  3. Students must report to work on time.
  4. Students must notify (as soon as possible) their supervisor if they are going to be late or unable to work.
  5. Students are not to conduct personal business on the job.
  6. Students must report hours accurately on their monthly time sheets.
  7. Students must submit all time sheets on time, or their paychecks may be held for an additional payroll period.
  8. Students must adhere to the confidentially of the job and department.
  9. Students must refer individuals and/or situations that are beyond their job scope and responsibility to their supervisor.

More Information

The Federal work-study program can be read and downloaded here FWS_students_Handbook_12-13