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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 $9.89 per hour, and you can work up to 19 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
- Meet all financial aid eligibility requirements
Let us know if you are interested in work-study by clicking here.
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, you will have “Federal Work Study” listed on your award letter and 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 completing the required 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.
Please note: Federal work study employees may not displace current employees of an organization. Work study employees, and their employers, may not solicit or accept gifts as a condition of employment.
To check the status of your financial aid, log into the WCC Gateway, click on MyWCC, Financial Aid, Award Information, and then click on Check Your Financial Aid Status.log in »
Contact Financial Aid
To contact WCC’s Financial Aid office, you can:
- Visit the office on the second floor of the Student Center building
- Call 734-973-3523
- Send a fax to 734-677-5281
- Send an email to
The office’s normal hours are Monday through Thursday from 8:00am to 7:00pm, Friday from 8:00am to 5:00pm, and Saturday from 9:00am to 1:00pm.