Federal Work-Study for Students

What is it?

Federal Work-Study on your Financial Aid Award means that you are eligible to be paid Work-Study funds if you get a job on campus. Work-Study is not a grant or a loan, nor is it a guarantee of a job. You must apply and interview for a Work-Study job. The amount you will earn is $14.14 per hour. The main advantage of Work-Study employment is that your Work-Study earnings do not count against you as a financial resource on your FAFSA.

Participation in the Work-Study Program is determined by the student’s financial need (total cost of attending College of Alameda, minus family contribution) and is awarded as part of a financial aid package. To be considered to participate in the Federal Work-Study Program, a student must meet the following requirements:

  1. Demonstrate financial need based on the information you provided on the FAFSA.
  2. Be enrolled in a minimum 6 units at Peralta Community College District, 3 units must be on the College of Alameda’s campus.
  3. Be working towards a degree, certificate, or transfer program.
  4. Be making Satisfactory Academic Progress towards a declared program.
  5. Not in default on any Direct Loan, or Federal Family Educational Loans (FFEL), includes Subsidized or Unsubsidized Stafford Loans.
  6. Not owe grant repayment.
  7. Be registered with Selective Service, if required.
  8. Be a US citizen or eligible non-citizen.
  9. Be at least 18 years of age.

On their Financial Aid Award, students are granted a work-study earnings limit. This is the maximum amount which may be earned by the student during the academic year.

It is extremely important to acknowledge the shared responsibility between the Federal Work-Study Program, the student, and the employer to monitor a student’s earnings. The student must stop working when the earnings limit is reached. Email notifications will be sent to both the student and the employer when a student approaches the earnings limit. The Federal Work-Study Program must charge the over-earnings directly back to the employer at 100%.

Students and their employer should arrange their work schedules to avoid either under earning or prematurely reaching their award limit. Students approaching the limit may appeal for an increase by contacting, Stephanie Hess, Financial Aid & Placement Assistant.

Students should be aware that their limits may be decreased during the academic year if unanticipated resources (e.g., scholarships) affect their financial aid packages. Both the student and the employer will be notified if an award is changed.