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. 

Student | Work Study Information

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, Job Board 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 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 work-study students must attend a job fair to start the work-study hiring process. Since there are not any work-study job fairs are scheduled at this time, please proceed to step two and three. 
  2. Click the link to view and apply for open positions: hccs.referrals.selectminds.com/workstudy.
  3. Contact a financial aid representative (listed below) for next steps after applying.

 

Southeast  - Jamaah Tyler  jamaah.tyler@hccs.edu

Central and South Campus – Arlen Montemayor arlen.montemayor@hccs.edu

Northline and Codwell - Teresa Washburn teresa.washburn@hccs.edu 

West Loop and Coleman – Tammy Anderson tammy.anderson1@hccs.edu

Stafford, Missouri City and Katy – Shanetta Burke shanetta.burke@hccs.edu

Spring Branch and Alief - James Dixon james.dixon@hccs.edu

 

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

 

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 required documents and resources for students and employers. Please note that missing documents will result in a delayed start dates.


STUDENT DOCUMENTS AND RESOURCES

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

 

Campus Contacts

 

Southeast  - Jamaah Tyler  jamaah.tyler@hccs.edu

Central and South Campus – Arlen Montemayor arlen.montemayor@hccs.edu

Northline and Codwell - Teresa Washburn teresa.washburn@hccs.edu  

 

West Loop and Coleman – Tammy Anderson tammy.anderson1@hccs.edu

Stafford, Missouri City and Katy – Shanetta Burke shanetta.burke@hccs.edu

Spring Branch and Alief - James Dixon james.dixon@hccs.edu

 

Employer | Work Study Information

Employer | Work Study Form and Information Guide

EMPLOYER FORMS

WORK STUDY GUIDE

 

Off-campus Work Study Community Partner Interest Form

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 https://hccs.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_56m8qNgy2e66EpD.

If you have questions about the work-study program, please email hcc.workstudy@hccs.edu.

 

 

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