Work Study

Work Study Opportunities

In the Work-study Program, you are able to work part-time to cover expenses. Not only does this program help you have a steady income during the school year, in some cases, work-study can open the door to professional experiences and networking opportunities related to your major.

Work-study opportunities are available at all campus sites year round or off-campus through participating community service organizations.

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.

There are two (2) 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 restricted only, to residents of the State of Texas and funding source. Students are able to work from September 1 – May 15 of the Financial Aid Year. 

Spring 2019 Work Study

Eligibility Requirements Per Term

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

  • 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 and Hiring Process

Filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the first step if you want to apply for work-study. If you’re interested in the FWS program, be sure to answer “yes” to Question 31 on the FAFSA. 

Once you’re offered work-study funding and you accept it, you will receive communications about the Work-study Job Fairs.  

How to Apply for Jobs (New Work-Study Students)

  • Attend a scheduled Work-study Job Fair. 
    • January 16, 2019 | 10 am – 2 pm | HCC Northline Campus Bldg A. 4th Floor Lab (8001 Fulton | Houston, TX 77022)
    • January 23, 2019 | 10 am – 2 pm | West Loop Auditorium (5601 West Loop | Houston, TX 77081)
    • January 30, 2019 | 10 am – 2 pm | Alief Campus Room 169(2811 Hayes | Houston, TX 77082)
  • On-the-spot hiring will happen at job fairs. All work-study students must attend a job fair to start the work-study hiring process. 
  • If you are offered a position at the job fairs, you will accept the offer at the job fairs.  


After the Job Offer

Here is what happens after you accept an offer at the job fair. Please note that attending job fairs does not guarantee a position.

  1. Your information is sent for background check.
  2. You submit I-9 paperwork to Human Resources.
  3. The hiring manager will contact you to begin working. Please do not begin working without approval.  


For resume and mock interview help before the job fair, please visit a Career and Job Placement Office near you. We also included some tips below. 


Dress Appropriately 

  • Remember first impressions matter
  • Most positions are business casual (no jeans, tights, etc.)
  • No flashy jewelry, makeup, or heavy perfume/cologne
  • Cover or remove any all body art


Be on Time

  • Arrive 10-15 minutes early
  • Remember to adjust for traffic, etc


Be Prepared

  • Have questions ready


Watch Your Body Language

  • Employers watch for non-verbal cues during the interview. Be sure to give a firm handshake, sit up straight, provide eye contact, and SMILE (during appropriate time, of course).



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 2018-2019


Work Study Documents and Resources for Students and Employers

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



  • 18-19 Forms: If you plan to attend HCC between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019, you must fill out the 18 -19 forms. Only use 2018-2019 forms for aid during (Fall 2018, Spring 2019, Summer 2019)



Frequently Asked Questions And Campus Contacts


What is work-study? There are two types of work-study. Federal Work-Study is federally funded and TX Work-Study is funded by the State of Texas. Both 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 approve 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 or TX Work-Study 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 FWS 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.


For additional information, contact: 

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


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