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Like its name implies, federal work-study pays you to work part time at WCC or off campus while you attend school. It pays $9.55 per hour, and you can work up to 19.5 hours per week. The amount of your actual work-study award depends on your financial need and the available funding.
To be considered for work-study, you must:
- Have a current Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file, along with any required follow-up paperwork
- Have financial need
- Be enrolled in at least six credit hours
- Meet WCC’s Satisfactory Academic Progress standard
- Submit WCC’s Work-Study Application
- Meet all financial aid eligibility requirements
You can fill out the Work-Study Application starting July 1 each year. It’s a good idea to submit it as early as possible because work-study money typically runs out quickly.
If there’s no money initially, don’t give up. It’s possible for funding to become available later in the year, so you should check with WCC’s Financial Aid office a few times each semester.
If you qualify for federal work-study and funds are available, the Financial Aid office will send an email to your student email account. The email will explain how to finalize your work-study job, which involves contacting Career Services to learn what jobs are available and complete paperwork.
Where possible, your job will relate to your area of study or your interests, including community service such as being a reading tutor. You’ll receive a paycheck every two weeks.
If you’re awarded federal work-study, you can earn up to the awarded amount. Once you do, you’re no longer eligible to work.