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Federal Work Study

The 2018-2019 Federal Work-Study application will be available May 1, 2018 through June 30, 2018 online only. Applications will be reviewed on a first come, first serve basis.  Once you have submitted your Federal Work-Study application, please refer to the 2018-2019 Federal Work-Study Hiring Process and Important Dates flow chart for more information on the hiring process timeline.

Federal Work-Study (FWS) Employee Request Form- For On Campus Job Sites Only (Staff Only) - This form is to be filled out by departments to request a work-study employee to be placed in their area.  Please indicate how many students you would like to be referred to your department.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is Federal Work-Study (FWS)?

Federal Work-Study (FWS) is a federal financial aid program which allows you to earn money to help pay educational expenses and encourages community service work. Federal Work-Study gives students an opportunity to gain valuable work experience while focusing on their educational goals.

What are the requirements for the FWS program?

  • Students must have a completed financial aid file by April 30th and demonstrate financial need
  • Students must enroll in at least 6 units(If on a Financial Aid Ed Plan, classes must be on the ed plan)
  • Students must be in good standing with Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

How do I apply for Federal Work-Study?

In order to apply for FWS, the Financial Aid Office requires that you have completed your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and have submitted all documents required to complete your financial aid file by April 30th. Submit the FWS application during the application period. This is a separate application from the FAFSA and submitting this application does not guarantee FWS employment. Continuing FWS students do not need to reapply. Money earned from this program is considered a financial aid award and reduces your unmet need.

How much can I make?

Your FWS hourly rate varies depending on where you are placed and the duties that you will be performing. Your total FWS award depends on various factors: when you apply, financial need, and the funding level available for the program.

Are Federal Work-Study jobs on-campus or off-campus?

We have both on-campus and off-campus positions. Off-campus positions are at the local elementary schools in Norwalk-La Mirada School District. Fingerprinting clearance is required for both on-campus and off-campus positions.

Can I work as many hours as I want?

No, the amount you earn cannot exceed your total FWS award. When assigning work hours, your site supervisor and FWS coordinator will advise you on your hours. As a temporary employee, you are not allowed to work beyond 175 days per year or over 950 hours. Most employees work 10-12 hours per week. You must receive approval from the FWS Coordinator to work more than 10-12 hours per week.

How will I know if I am selected to participate for Federal Work-Study?

You will be notified by mail or phone if you are eligible and asked to meet with the FWS Coordinator for further consideration. If selected, you will also be asked to complete Human Resources requirements for temporary employment which includes fingerprinting and attend a mandatory orientation. Openings in the FWS program are limited. If you are not selected, you may be placed on the waiting list for the academic year. If you are not selected from the waiting list, you will need to reapply during the next application period.

For further information please contact the Financial Aid Office at (562) 860-2451 ext. 2395 or e-mail us at

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