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Federal Work Study Program

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The Federal Work-Study (FWS) Program provides part-time jobs for students with financial need to earn money to help pay education expenses. The program encourages community service work and employment opportunities related to your course of study. FWS jobs are available on campus, local elementary schools and at nonprofit organizations. Money from FWS is earned, so it does not have to be repaid. Students receive a paycheck like any other job.

A student is awarded FWS eligibility like other forms of financial aid. Students are required to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine financial need. Students with financial need who indicate interest in FWS on the Student Information Form will receive a financial aid offer including FWS eligibility. A new FAFSA is required each academic year that you choose to work in a FWS job. You can find a list of FWS jobs on SLCC’s website.

Students with financial need may be awarded FWS eligibility up to $6,000 for the academic year. That is the maximum amount you can earn through the Federal Work-Study program during that academic year. For those who have earned their maximum amount listed on the financial aid offer, you have three options. Employers have the option of either reaching out to the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships to determine whether the student has additional eligibility, hiring you as an hourly employee, or terminating the position.

Paychecks are distributed twice a month. See the Payroll website for additional information related to paycheck timing and process.

Steps to Apply for Federal Work-Study

The financial aid offer will indicate whether you’re eligible to participate in the FWS program.

Employee Records Onboarding Checklist


  1. I-9 (should be completed before/on your First Day)
  2. Direct Deposit Authorization Form
    You are required to upload a Bank Provided Document into this form, either one:
    • Voided Check
    • Direct Deposit letter from your bank
    • Direct Deposit form generated from your bank's website
  3. Social Security Card Request (for Payroll purposes)
  4. W-4
  5. Employee Information Sheet
  6. Conditions of Employment
  7. Ethical Duties Form
  8. SLCC Things You Need to Know
  9. Supervisor Meeting with New Employee Form (Employee Best Practices
  10. Variable Hour Employee Notice (for Part-Time Employees)