Federal Work Study Program
Federal Work Study (FWS) is a limited, federally funded program that provides part-time employment opportunities for students with financial need. The program encourages community service and gives students the opportunity to gain valuable work experience at a professional level before leaving school. Students are allowed to work up to 20 hours a week during the academic year (fall/spring) and more during the summer (if remaining funds are available). The pay rate starts at minimum wage and paychecks will be provided every two weeks based off of hours worked.
In order to be eligible for Federal Work Study, students must meet the following criteria:
- Must demonstrate financial need as determined by the results of the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student).
- Must enroll in a minimum of 6 credit hours at SMCC during the term you plan to work in.
- Must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress as determined by the MCCCD SAP Policy
- Visit the SMCC Advisement Office for a list of job openings on campus. Positions are limited and provided on a first come first served basis. Select the job or jobs you’d like to apply for and submit your resume directly to the hiring department. Interviews are scheduled and conducted by the hiring department.
- The hiring department will contact you if you’re the selected candidate.
- The Department Supervisor will instruct you to visit the SMCC Advisement Office and to get the Golden Rod Form.
- Both the student and the Department Supervisor will complete the Golden Rod Form and submit to the SMCC Human Resources (HR) Dept. A separate HR Employee Hire Packet will be needed at this time.
- Once the Golden Rod Form and the HR Employee Hire Packet are completed, an online contract will be created and approved. The approval process can take up to 7-10 business days. Your Hiring Department Supervisor will notify you when you can begin working.
Types of Work Study Jobs
There are several departments on campus that offer College Work-Study positions. Jobs range from customer service to campus security to maintenance positions on campus. There are also off-campus positions available in the form of reading or math tutors to preschool through elementary age children at local Head Start centers across Maricopa County. These positions require additional interviews and background checks.