Work Study






Federal Work-Study Program

The Federal Work-Study provides funds for part-time employment to help needy students to finance the costs of post secondary education. Hourly wages must not be less than the federal minimum wage.

Students may be employed by: the institution itself; a federal, state, or local public agency; a private nonprofit organization; or a private for-profit organization. Institutions must use at least 7 percent of their Work- Study allocation to support students working in community service jobs, including: reading tutors for preschool age or elementary school children; mathematics tutors for students enrolled in elementary school through ninth grade; literacy tutors in a family literacy project performing family literacy activities; or emergency preparedness and response.

Students must file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as part of the application process for FWS assistance. The FAFSA can be completed on the Web at

The Federal Work-Study (FWS) Program encourages and provides part-time employment for students to help meet their indirect cost of attending college.  Proceeds from this program should be used to help pay for rent, personal expenses, transportation, etc.  The program should not be used to pay tuition and other charges.

Community Service (CMS) jobs are defined as positions that improve the quality of life for community residents, particularly low-income individuals, or to solve particular problems related to their needs including on-campus childcare services, that are open and accessible to the community.  CMS also includes services to students who have disabilities and are enrolled in school.  On-campus jobs can meet the definition of community services, provided that the services are open and accessible to the community and that they meet the other FWS limitations and conditions.

The Family Literacy Program provides literacy or pre-literacy education to children, literacy training for parents or other caregivers of children in the program.  It also provides a means of equipping parents or other caregivers with the skills needed to partner with their children in learning as well as providing literacy activities between parents or other caregivers and their children. Reading and Mathematics tutors will qualify for 100% Federal reimbursement.

Student Eligibility

Termination of Employment

The employer or Delgado Community College may terminate a student from FWS/CMS.  Acceptable reasons for termination include, but are not limited to:

a.   Exceeding FWS/CMS award.

b.   Withdrawal or termination from school.

c.   Unsatisfactory academic progress.

d.   Unsatisfactory job performance.

Note:  If the student is granted a Leave of Absence (LOA) the student may continue to be employed under FWS/CMS if a definite schedule for reentry has been established.

The employer or the school should use the termination form to communicate the termination of the student.

Hourly Wage Rates

Calculation of Hours Worked

Maximum Hours per Week


Federal Work Study Processing 

Students are encouraged to go to the Delgado Community College website for assistance.

STEP 1:  Student logs on to

     o  New Users: Create Username and Password

     o  Returning Users: Login to your account

STEP 2: Student selects Search for Opportunities Posted to My School.

     o  In Company Name field enter: Delgado Community College.

     o  In Job Type field select: Work-Study.

     o  Begin search.

     o  Click on the Job ID and follow the application instructions listed.

STEP 3:  Student contacts the supervisor listed for position and arrange an interview.

STEP 4:  Supervisor will contact the FWS Coordinator to see if the student is eligible.

STEP 5:  Student and supervisor must complete the application packet upon hire if eligible.

STEP 6:  Supervisor submits completed packet to the Student Financial Assistance Office, Work-Study Coordinator.                   

STEP 8:  Student begins work assignment on or after the start date assigned by the Student Financial Assistance Office and after the background check is completed.

An e-mail will be sent out (from the FWS Coordinator) to inform supervisors when a student can start working.


Federal Work-Study –STUDENT Guidelines

Hiring Procedures

 Federal Work-Study Timeline Procedure 


Federal Work-Study Mannerism/Professionalism While on Site 


Payroll processing

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