Help Pay for College with Work Study

Work Study jobs allow students to earn money to help pay education expenses.

Did You Know? A major benefit of the Work Study program is that earnings do NOT count against you when you file your next year’s FAFSA! That’s right, with all other work, you are required to report wages and it raises the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) on your FAFSA. Not so with Work Study earnings. Students get the income, but not the reduction in potential aid by participating in the Work Study program. Taking a Work Study job definitely helps you obtain the maximum aid possible from year to year, while you can gain valuable work experience at the same time.

What is Work Study? This program provides jobs for students who submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (, indicate that they are interested in Work Study and meet other requirements like having financial need. Some students will work in community service positions like helping students learn to read in area elementary schools. Other Work Study students will work in a variety of positions, most of which will be on campus.

What does it pay? CMC Work Study wages start at $11.00 an hour, (that’s $2.69 HIGHER than Colorado’s current minimum wage). Pay rates can go higher depending on a student’s skills, experience and the requirements of the job.

Please be aware that the Work Study amount shown on a student’s financial aid award letter, is not applied to a student’s CMC charges (tuition for example) as other financial aid is. It is a block of funds the student earns by the hour in their approved position, and is paid directly to the student every two weeks as a payroll check or direct deposit to their bank account.

Any Restrictions? We want you to succeed as a student first, and earn wages second. As such, studies have shown that students who work in moderation, actually make BETTER grades than students who don’t work at all. As a school policy, Work Study students are limited to working no more than 20 hours a week. We recommend a work schedule of 10-15 hours a week. Also, all Work Study jobs must be with CMC, a public or non-profit (limited) organization only.

How Do I Apply for a Work Study Position?

Step 1: Fill out and submit the 2017-18 FAFSA and make sure CMC is listed as your selected school. CMC’s school code is: 004506.

Step 2: Check your CMC email account to verify your FAFSA has been received. If you have an email from the Financial Aid office with a “Missing Information Request” you must submit additional information in order to continue with processing. Review the email and submit the required items to the Financial Aid office, by fax to 970-947-8318 or email . You may not apply for a work study position until you have submitted all necessary documents and you received an “Award Notification” that shows that Work Study has been awarded to you.

Step 3:  Work study awards are based on “financial need” as determined from your FAFSA information. Funds are limited and will be awarded on a first come, first served basis. If you have been awarded Work Study funding, your Financial Aid Specialist can assist you with completing the Student Employment Eligibility Sheet. If you have not been awarded Work Study, your financial aid Specialist can review your status and determine if a work study offer is possible for you.

Step 4: The Student Employment Eligibility Sheet will list the Supervisor’s contact information. Contact the Supervisor to request an interview for the work study position. Once the Supervisor has made the hiring decision the Student Employment Eligibility Sheet must be signed by both the student and the supervisor and returned to the Financial Aid Specialist. Additional employment documents and a background check will need to be completed before you can begin working.  

 2017-18 Work Study Positions by Campus

See the folders below for available Work Study jobs. To download PDF files, right-click (PC) or option-click (Mac). If you are unable to view the PDF, you may need to download and install the free Acrobat Reader.