If you are interested in Federal Work Study please review this step-by-step guide so we can determine your eligibility and you can begin the job search process with the MiraCosta Career Center.
The Federal Work Study Program offers part-time jobs to eligible financial aid applicants. Students are paid from funds the college receives from the U.S. Department of Education. The award is part of the student’s aid package; therefore a student must re-apply through the Financial Aid Office each year. There is no guarantee that a student will continue to receive work study awards from one award year to the next. Federal Work Study funds are limited, so awards usually go to those applicants who complete their financial aid file early and demonstrate financial need.
In order to be eligible to work on campus, students must maintain at least half-time enrollment (at least 6 units) during fall or spring. Eligibility can also be affected by enrollment in late-start, short-term and all online classes; unsatisfactory academic progress; and dropping to less-than-half-time enrollment.
Federal Work Study student workers are permitted to work no more than 19.5 hours per week while classes are in session. During periods of non-attendance, such as spring break, students can work up to 40 hours per week, but cannot exceed 8 hours per day.
Timecards must be completed, signed and submitted to the Payroll Office on or before the third workday of the following month. Late timecards may result in the department's district account being charged. Students should indicate on their timecard that they are being paid using Federal Work Study funds by writing "FWS" on their timecards.
The earliest possible start date for Federal Work Study funding is August 1, 2019, for fall 2019 award and January 2, 2020, for spring 2020. The last possible working date for Federal Work Study funding is the last day of spring semester, May 22, 2020 (or the last day of attendance), if your award includes spring 2020 work study. The period of time from the last day of the spring semester through July 31 cannot be funded through Federal Work Study.