Federal Work-Study

Sacramento City College provides Federal Work-Study (FWS) jobs to assist students with their educational expenses.

Students are paid an hourly rate at minimum wage or above. Jobs are provided at Sacramento City College, including the West Sacramento Center and Davis Center. We also partner with several off campus community service employers. In assigning a FWS job, we must consider the student’s FAFSA financial need.

Complete all steps below in order to receive a FWS award:

  1. Complete the 2017-2018 FAFSA by the priority filing date of March 2, 2017
  2. Maintain financial aid satisfactory academic progress
  3. Complete your SCC Financial Aid “To Do List”
  4. Receive an award notification prior to obtaining a FWS award
  5. Be enrolled in a minimum of 6 financial aid eligible units

If you are interested in seeking employment under the Federal Work Study Program, confirm your interest by submitting the request below:

Federal Work-Study Request

  • Due to limited Federal Work Study funding and positions, not all students who apply will be awarded. By submitting this request, we can review if you meet all the eligibility requirements. You will receive an email notification if you have been awarded with further instructions or placed on a waiting list.



Frequently Asked Questions

How much am I eligible for?

SCC determines the number of hours a student  is allowed to work based on the student’s financial need and the combination of work and study hours affect the student’s health and academic progress. On average, your financial aid includes the initial maximum of $7,000 in Work-Study, this is the total amount you can earn as a Work-Study student. Your financial aid offer splits $3,500 for Fall and $3,500 for Spring but as far as Work-Study is concerned, you can earn any or the entire amount at any point during the program year while enrolled and as long as you are going to be enrolled for both semesters.

How do I find a Work-Study job?

  • Once a student is determined that they are eligible for FWS and given an award, they will have to find a work assignment on campus.
  • Interested students should see the Career Center, located at Rodda North 147 to review the FWS Job Placement Binder. This publication lists available FWS Jobs on campus.
  • Review the positions and fill out a Student Application form for the jobs that interests you.
  • You will be contacted by a department’s FWS supervisor for an interview.
  • You cannot begin working until your Employment Packet has been completed. Some departments require criminal background checks on FWS employees prior to being hired.
  • Contact your FWS supervisor to establish a work schedule.

Are there any restrictions with Work-Study jobs?

  • FWS students must be officially registered and remain enrolled in at least 6 financial aid eligible units in order to participate in the FWS program.
  • Students must keep an accurate, up-to-date accounting of all FWS earnings. Reduction and increase in FWS awards are subject to the availability of funds, and to the student’s continuing eligibility.
  • When a student comes within $500 of exceeding their award allocation, they will receive a letter advising to plan accordingly so that they will not exceed their FWS award allocation.

How many hours per week can I work?

  • A national study showed that students who work 10-15 hours per week have a higher graduation rate than the overall student body. However, the graduation rate begins to decline as the number of hours worked increases above 15. Students who tried to work more than 20 hours per week and go to school full-time have the highest dropout rate.
  • We strongly discourage any student from being employed in more than one area on campus. Since the combined total of hours worked cannot exceed 26 hours a week, or eight hours per day, both areas would have to coordinate the student’s work schedule so the hourly limits and FWS funding are not exceeded. It is the student’s responsibility to notify both supervisors that he/she is employed in another department.

What is the pay rate for a Work-Study student?

A monthly pay period is defined as: “The hours earned from the 25th day of each month through the 24th day of the following month.”

  • Your paycheck is based upon hours worked. The
  • FWS pay rate reflects the CA state minimum wage at the time of employment. Paydays are once a month on or around the 10th.
  • Timesheets must be completed to reflect the total hours worked per day and be submitted to Yelena at the Financial Aid Office according to the established deadline.

Can I keep working if I’m not enrolled or graduated?

Not as a Work-Study employee. If you drop below 6 financial aid eligible units, withdrew, or were dismissed, you cannot continue to work in a work-study position. It ends on the last day of your enrollment. If an employer wants to keep you and pay you 100% of your earnings without the Work-Study subsidy, that is between you and your employer, otherwise it is not Work-Study employment. You must notify your employer of your change in enrollment.