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Federal Work Study
Federal Work Study funds for the full school year generally will begin to be awarded
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, 2016 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. 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.
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: $10.96, $11.71
|Academic Computing||Student Aide|
|Mesa Tutoring & Computing Center||Student Aide & Tutor|
|AMERICA READS - Lafayette Elementary||Tutor II|
|Animal Health Technology||Student Aide|
|Art Gallery||Student Aide|
|Biology (various sections)||Student Aide|
|Black Studies||Student Aide|
|Business Services - Campus||Student Aide|
|Chicano Studies||Student Aide|
|Child Development Center||Student Aide & Tutor II|
|College Police||Student Aide|
|Dental Assisting Program||Student Aide|
|English (various sections)||Student Aide|
|Fashion Program||Student Aide|
|Fine Art/LRC||Student Aide|
|Foundation (Mesa)||Student Aide|
|Honors Program||Student Aide|
|Humanities & Languages||Student Aide|
|Languages (SEEDS) Program||Student Aide|
|Math & Natural Sciences, Dean's Office||Student Aide|
|Music Department||Student Aide|
|Proyecto Exito||Student Aide|
|Puente Program||Student Aide|
|Resource Development||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|
This page was last updated on November 2016