Work Study

Financial Aid
Work Study

Federal Work Study funds for the full school year generally will begin to be awarded in July.

Federal Work Study (FWS) allows students the opportunity to earn part of their Financial Aid by working in assigned jobs, both on and off campus.

Awarding of FWS funds is extremely limited due to the small amount of funds received each year. In General, FWS awards can range up to $5,000 per school year. Students must be in Good Standing based on the Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress policies to be considered for FWS.

Eligibility is determined based on the following priority criteria:

  • FAFSA application date (Must be filed no later than April 15th for any coming school year, for example: 4/15/16 for the 16/17 academic year, April 15, 2017 for the 17/18, etc.)
  • File complete date
  • Greatest financial need

If awarded, students must visit the Financial Aid Office at SD Mesa College to accept the award and collect an employment packet, including a Live Scan Fingerprint scan, TB test and series of employment forms.  Awards must be accepted no later than September 09, 2016.  If not accepted by 9/09/2016, the award will be cancelled and passed on to an eligible student on the waiting list (See section Waiting List).  Returning students (a student who had worked the previous academic year) will be given priority re-hire if eligible. 

Once the initial steps are all complete, the Work Study Coordinator will schedule a meeting to verify the student eligibility, review all documentation and provide a referral to interview at the desired department or employment location. Note: Students with convictions may be ineligible to work depending on the type and number of convictions.

During the initial placement interview the Work Study Coordinator will match the student with an appropriate department based on the student's skills, course of study, and prior experience as well as department need, availability, an equitable distribution of workers throughout the program and ultimately the student's desired location (if available) . A referral is made and the student will meet with the area supervisor for an interview. If accepted, the student worker will establish a schedule with the supervisor.  A start date will be schedule once the employment packet has successfully been routed and the student's  payroll established.

Waiting LIST

Students who are interested in a Work Study position and were not awarded, please check in with the Financial Aid office front dest to check on your eligibility to be on the waiting list.  Those students who have filed their FAFSA by the posted deadline for Work Study (as described above) and were not awarded may still be able to receive an award, and will be given priority in a first-come, first-served basis, provided aid eligibility was successfully determined and the student has remaining unmet need.  The Financial Aid office generally begins offering Work Study opportunities to those eligible students on the waiting list by October, after available funds are assessed.  

When does a Federal Work Study student get paid?

Payroll for the San Diego Community College District (SDCCD) happens monthly. A timecard and timesheet are sent directly to the supervisor. As work is completed each month, the timecard(s) will be processed by the payroll services department and a check mailed to the worker on the 10th of the following month. Direct deposit is available and encouraged.

How long can a Federal Work Study student work?

Generally, FWS is offered for the full school year (9 months). In order to be placed in the program the FWS student must maintain at least half-time enrollment during the entire period. Once the amount allocated in the student's financial aid package is earned or the period of enrollment is completed, the job ends. If a student withdraws from all of his/her classes, the student's eligibility for FWS ends. FWS is a job, and in every way is treated as such. The student worker can be fired from a job and removed from the program

Students are paid a salary that is at least equal to the current minimum wage, but all current Federal Work Study jobs currently pay more than the minimum wage. Federal Work Study is different from the other financial aid programs in that a student is allocated a certain amount of money to earn. As work on the job is completed, a monthly time card is submitted for the hours worked just as at a regular job. Once a month, the student receives a paycheck for the hours worked for the previous month.

Potential Jobs Available for Eligible Work Study student workers

Student Aide I & II, Peer Counselor, Reader/Grader, Tutor I & II

CURRENT HOURLY RATES:  $11.50 - $11.71

Departments Position(s)
AMERICA READS - Lafayette Elementary Tutor II
Animal Health Technology Student Aide
Art Department & Gallery Student Aide
Athletics (various locations) Student Aide
Biology (various sections) Student Aide
Black Studies Student Aide
Bookstore Student Aide
Business Services - Campus Student Aide
Chemistry Student Aide
Chicano Studies Student Aide
Child Development Center Student Aide & Tutor II
College Police Student Aide
Communications Student Aide
Dental Assisting Program Student Aide
DSPS Student Aide
English (various sections) Student Aide
EOPS Student Aide
Fashion Program Student Aide
Fine Art/LRC Student Aide
Foundation (Mesa) Student Aide
Honors Program Student Aide
Humanities & Languages Student Aide
Languages Program Student Aide
Library Student Aide
Math Department Reader/Grader
Math & Natural Sciences, Dean's Office Student Aide
Microbiology Student Aide
Music Department Student Aide
Proyecto Exito Student Aide
Puente Program Student Aide
Reprographics, Mail & College Tech Services Student Aide
SEEDS Program Student Aide
STAR / TRIO Student Aide & Tutor
Student Affairs Student Aide
Student Health Center Student Aide & Peer Counselor
Transfer / Evaluations / Career Center(s) Student Aide
Mesa Tutoring & Computing Center Student Aide & Tutor

This page was last updated on JULY 2017 ~sd