Work Study

Work-Study Opportunities

A student is awarded Work-Study if they indicate on the FAFSA that they are interested in the work study program. All degree and eligible certificate programs are eligible. Work-Study awards are based upon eligibility and the availability of funds.

With your Work-Study financial aid award, you are able to work part-time to cover expenses. Students earn the amount of their work-study award by working up to 19.5 hours a week. The Work-Study award is not a lump sum payment to the student. Work-Study positions are available at all campus sites and off-campus through participating community service organizations. Funds and jobs are not guaranteed.

There are three (3) types of work-study that can be awarded to a student:

1. Federal Work-Study - Granted to students receiving a Financial Aid Package, however will depend on the funding source.  Students are able to work from July 1 – June 15 of the Financial Aid Year.

2. Texas Work-Study - It is only for residents of the State of Texas. Students are able to work from September 1 – May 15 of the Financial Aid Year. 

3. Texas Mentorship - It is only for residents of the State of Texas. Students are able to work from September 1 – May 15 of the Financial Aid Year. Eligible students will be hired to mentor, tutor, and/or advise other students about process to enroll in college.

Student | Work-Study Information

Eligibility Requirements Per Term

To be eligible for work study at HCC, you must meet these requirements each term:

  • Accept Work-Study award by clicking here to login to Student System. In order to begin receiving communications about Work-Study Job Fairs and open positions, you must accept your Work-Study award.

  • Be a degree-seeking student or enrolled in an eligible certificate program.

  • Be enrolled in at least six credit hours throughout the term of employment. Audit classes do not count.

  • Must not owe a repayment or be in default under any state or federal grant or loan program.

  • Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress.

  • Pass HCC background check.


Job Fairs, Job Board and Hiring Process

Not only does Work-Study help you have a steady income during the school year, in some cases, it can open the door to professional experiences and networking opportunities related to your major.

In order to begin receiving communications about Work-Study Job Fairs and open positions, you must accept your Work-Study financial aid award.

Once you are offered Work-Study funding and you accept it, you may begin applying for open Work-Study positions. 

  1. When Work-Study job fairs are scheduled, all new Work-Study students must attend a job fair to start the Work-Study hiring process. The Fall 2019 Work-Study Job Fair dates are highlighted in flyer below. Students may register for the Job Fair by clicking here

  2. Starting August 15, 2019, you will be able to view and apply for open positions through the following link: New positions will be added daily throughout August and September. Please check back often.

  3. On-the-spot hiring and processing of paperwork will happen at all of the job fairs, so students are highly encouraged to attend.

  4. Contact a financial aid representative for questions after applying for an open position.

  5. Please note that students are not guaranteed a job if they apply for a position and/or attend a Work-Study Job Fair.



Work Hours, Salary and Pay Schedule

Work-Study positions are hourly-wage jobs in which a student works for an employer according to a mutually agreed-upon schedule. If you are enrolled in the Work-Study program, you can expect to be paid twice a month, and most jobs are in the $ 9.50 to $ 10.00 range. The pay is considered taxable income.

Your financial aid offer will include a limit for the amount you can earn. Typical awards are up to $5,500 for a 9-month academic year.

At-A-Glance Pay Information

  • Approved students can work up to 19.5 hours per week.
  • On-campus- $9.50 per hour/ Off-campus Community Service- $10.00 per hour.
  • The Work-Study Program is considered a type of part-time employment and you can not exceed 19.5 hours per week.
  • Work-Study participants are paid on a semi-monthly basis.
  • Students are awarded funds based on their financial need but are only paid for hours worked. Any unearned funds at the end of the program term are forfeited.


Click to view - Work-Study Pay Calendar 2019-2020


Student Work-Study Documents and Resources

It is our hope that you have all the information needed to maximize the benefits of the work-study program. Below are the required documents and resources for students and employers. Please note that missing documents will result in a delayed start date and payments.


Forms and Documents: If you plan to attend HCC between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020, you must fill out the 19 -20 forms. Only use 2019-2020 forms for aid during (Fall 2019, Spring 2020, Summer 2020)

 Timesheets and Pay 

Work Study Guide


Frequently Asked Questions

What is Work-Study? There are three types of Work-Study. Federal Work-Study is federally funded, and Texas Work-Study and Texas Mentorship, both funded by the State of Texas. All three are financial aid programs that enable students to earn money (like a part-time job) toward college expenses by working on-campus or off-campus through approved nonprofit agencies serving the community.

How do I know if I have a Work-Study award? Review your financial aid offer by clicking here. An offer of Federal Work-Study, Texas Work-Study or Texas Mentorship must be accepted if you would like to work on or off campus.

What does my Work-Study dollar amount mean? If your financial aid package includes the initial maximum of $5,500 in Work-Study, that is the total amount you can earn in a Work-Study position. Your financial aid offer splits it into $2,750 fall and $2,750 spring but you can earn up to your maximum eligibility anytime during the aid year.

Can I keep working if I'm not enrolled or graduate? If you withdraw, are dismissed, or graduate, you cannot continue in a Work-Study position. It ends on the last day of your enrollment. If an employer wants to retain your services, your earnings must be paid out of the department or agencies payroll budget. You must notify your employer of you have a change in enrollment.

If I don't work do I have to give the money back? Since you don't receive the money until you earn it, and you can't earn it without having a Work-Study job, there is no money to give back.

Can I receive Work-Study if it is not part of my financial aid award package? If you are interested in Work-Study and you have completed the financial aid application process, please visit with the financial aid office for an evaluation of your eligibility for Work-Study funds. Do not inquire until you have received a financial aid package.

How much do on-campus positions pay? On-campus positions students will make $9.50 an hour.

How much do off-campus positions pay? Off-campus jobs students will make $10.00 an hour.

Will I receive benefits? No, Work-Study students are not eligible for paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, or medical and dental insurance through their Work-Study job.

Can I collect Unemployment if my Work-Study position is terminated or eliminated? Work-Study is a form of financial assistance and the college does not pay into unemployment for the funds received. Therefore, unemployment cannot be claimed against funding received from a work-study job.


Campus Contacts


Southeast  - Jamaah Tyler

Central and South Campus – Arlen Montemayor

Northline and Codwell - Teresa Washburn  


West Loop and Coleman – Tammy Anderson

Stafford, Missouri City and Katy – Shanetta Burke

Spring Branch and Alief - James Dixon


Employer | Work-Study Information

Employer | Work-Study Forms and Information Guide

19-20 EMPLOYER FORMS | Please only use 2019-2020 forms for Work-Study aid during (Fall 2019, Spring 2020, Summer 2020)




Employer | Orientation and Job Fair Information

As we gear up to kick off our Work-Study Program for the 2019-2020 award year (July 1, 2019- May 31, 2020), hiring managers must handle two important steps:

  1. Attend Work-Study Hiring Manager Orientation.
  2. Register for a Work-Study Job Fair.


The Work-Study Hiring Manager Orientation will equip you with tools and information you need to participate in Work-Study Program; post job requisitions; and attend Work-Study Job Fairs.

If you haven’t already done so, please use the link below to register for an Orientation scheduled this month –


Registration for the Work-Study Job Fairs is now open. Hiring Managers may use the link below to register.

The flyer below will be shared with students who accepted their Work-Study financial aid award. Please note that students will have the opportunity to apply for jobs before the Job Fairs, and may reach out about interviews. Feel free to set up interviews to happen at the Job Fairs. 




Off-campus Work-Study Interest Form (For Community Partners)

Filling out the online interest form is the first step to become an off-campus Work-Study partner. We will use the form to determine whether your organization meets the eligibility requirements for Financial Aid Work-Study Program. The information provided on the form will also allow us to better meet your needs for student workers.

The deadline to become a Fall 2019 Community Partner is August 15, 2019. Once you submit the interest form, a work-study coordinator will review your information and determine your eligibility within 4-5 business days.

Please click the link to submit HCC Off-campus Work-Study Interest Form

If you have questions about the Work-Study program, please email



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