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Work Study

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Work Study



Fall 2022 semester is underway and we are evaluating eligible interested students for potential placement.   Keep checking your Financial Aid Status in the student portal and be sure you have submitted any necessary docs and complete your electronic consent checklist item.   If your Financial Aid File is complete and you are awarded aid, you can send an email to the Work Study Coordinator to express your interest to be place on the waiting list.  Be sure to include your Name, Student ID # and Financial Aid Office Password.  Returning workers [a Work Study student who worked during the most recent prior school year] will be given priority re-hire.

Students interested in Work Study should review the follwoing bullet items.  

  • Per SDCCD Management, all employees are under the COVID vaccine rule and must have their COVID vaccine and booster proof submitted in order to work on campus.   Please read the SDCCD information page for updates. .  The Vaccine submission information and upload link is there.  
  • Students disqualified for Not meeting Financial Aid SAP are not eligible to apply for Federal Work Study. 

Potential PARTICIPATING  departments 2022-23

Animal Health Tech
Art Gallery [shared w/Photo Lab]
Art/ Fine Art
Athletics, Exercise Science & Dance
Basic Needs Resource Center / The Stand
Biology Dept / Labs
Businsess Services Office 
College Tech, Printing & Mail Services
Culinary Arts Program
Languages / International Ed
Learning Resource Center / SCHOOL OF LRAS/LOFT
Math Dept
Mesa Pathways
MT2C Mesa Tutoring and Computer Center
Puente / English
School of Arts & Languages
STEM Center / Research Lab
Student Affairs
Transfer, Career, Evaluations



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

Federal Work Study (FWS) is a Financial Aid program that allows eligible 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. Generally FWS awards can potentially range up to $5,000 per school semester [$10,000 per year] or more, depending on each student's individual potential eligibility and department needs. Students must be in Good Standing based on the Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress policies to be considered for FWS.   [NOTE: Students in a disqualified Financial Aid status will not be eligible for Work Study.]

Eligibility is determined based on the following priority criteria:

  • FAFSA application date (For priority consideration, your FAFSA must be filed no later than April 15th for any coming school year, for example:  April 15, 2021 for 21/22, April 15, 2022 for 22/23, etc.)
  • File complete date
  • Financial need based on the FAFSA methodology and EFC.
  • First-Come, First-Served priority

If eligible: Interested students should check in with the Financial Aid Office at SD Mesa College to request Work Study.  If determined eligible, the student will be given an employment packet, including a Live Scan Fingerprint scan, TB test and series of employment forms.  There is a limited timeline to complete the steps once the employment packet is received and the award accepted. If the employement process is not complete within 60 days of receiving the employment packet and instructions,  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 hiring 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.

Once potential students have completed the New Hire [or re-hire] steps, a Work Study [FWS] Referral will be developed based on the student's choice during a personalised meeting with the FWS Coordinator.  During the initial placement interview the Work Study Coordinator will try to guide each student and 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 scheduled once the employment packet has successfully been routed and the student's  payroll established.   A student can be assigned to only 1 Work Study [FWS] position.  If a chosen position is full, no longer available, or the student was not accepted after interviewing with their chosen departement, a new FWS Referral can be drafted for the  student's next choice provided funding is still available and any postions are open. 

Waiting LIST

Students who are interested in a Work Study position will be placed on a waiting list once you let the Financial Aid Office know that you are interested.  Please check in with the Financial Aid office front desk to check on your eligibility to be on the waiting list OR send an email to the Work Study Coordinator expressing your interest in Work Study.  Include your Name, Student ID number.  Those students who have filed their FAFSA by the posted deadline for Work Study (as described above) will be given priority in a first-come, first-served basis, provided the student's SD Mesa College Financial Aid file is complete, aid eligibility was successfully determined and the student has remaining unmet need, in addition to meeting SAP and being enrolled a minimum of half-time [6 units].  The Financial Aid office generally begins offering Work Study opportunities to those eligible students on the waiting list by October, after eligible returning students are rehired and 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 wage that is at least equal to the current 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 SD MESA COLLEGE Work Study student workers

Student Aide, Peer Counselor, Reader/Grader, Tutor,
Administrative Aide

CURRENT HOURLY RATES:  $15.38 p/hr  [as of January 1, 2022]

Below is a list of sites/departments at San Diego Mesa College that have or have had in the past positions available for San Diego Mesa College Financial Aid Work Study employees to interview for potential employment.  [availability is not guaranteed and is subject to change throughout the academic year].

AMERICA READS - Lafayette Elementary

Tutor II

Veterinary Technology

Student Aide

Architecture Program

Student Aide

Art Department & Gallery

Student Aide

(various locations including Fitness Center)

Student Aide

Biology (various sections)

Student Aide

Black Studies

Student Aide

Bookstore (not currently available)

Student Aide

Business Services – Campus (not currently available)

Student Aide


Student Aide

Chicano Studies

Student Aide

Child Development Center

Student Aide & Tutor II

College Police (not currently available)

Student Aide


Student Aide

Dental Assisting Program

Student Aide

Drama Department

Student Aide


Student Aide

English (various sections)

Student Aide


Student Aide

Fashion Program

Student Aide

Fine Art/LRC

Student Aide

Honors Program

Student Aide

Humanities & Languages

Student Aide

Interior Design Program

Student Aide

International Education

Student Aide

Languages Program

Student Aide


Student Aide

Math Department



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


Student Aide & Tutor

Student Affairs

Student Aide

Student Health Center

Student Aide & Peer Counselor

the Stand

Student Aide

Transfer / Evaluations / Career Center(s)

Student Aide

Tutoring & Computing Center MT2C

Student Aide & Tutor

Download and complete the Department Work Study Request form to create a Work Study position in your department or program on campus [refer to the Work Study classifications listed below].  Print the completed form, request your Dean or Deparment Manager approve and sign, submit the signed original to Mesa Financial Aid office Work Study Coordinator.  NOTE:  If you are an outside agency with a potential community service related Work Study postition, please contact the Fiancial Aid Office directly.  

Direct links to SDCCD Employment Applications.

This is a list of direct links to online applications for Federal Work Study student positions.  

Non-Academic Non-Classified (NANC)




            W1008 STUDENT AIDE II  




This page was last updated August 2022 ~sd