Help Pay for College with Work Study

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

This program provides jobs — usually in colleges/universities — for undergraduate and graduate students who need financial aid. Some students will be working in a community service location.  Work study jobs may be on or off-campus.

Your pay will be at least the federal minimum wage, but it may also relate to the type and difficulty of the work you do (the 2013-14 hourly rate is $10.12). The total amount you earn in a year depends on how many hours per week you work. Most students perform work-study 10-15 (but no more than 20) hours per week, although some do more, some do less. CMC sets the number of hours you can work based on your financial need and work study funds available.

Are work-study jobs on- or off-campus? Both. However, a work-study job must always be for a public or private non-profit organization (limited).

If you are interested in a Work Study position, contact the Financial Aid Specialist at your campus for employment opportunities and procedures.

**2014-2015 Job Postings will be made available on this page on or before April 30, 2014.

Note: Work-study awards indicate an amount that the student can earn per semester and therefore will not be applied to the student’s account, but earned through work and paid as payroll from CMC.

Reminder: If you plan to work, the college must verify your identity and employment eligibility. You should be prepared to present a state-issued driver’s license or ID card with a photograph and your original Social Security card or birth certificate, to satisfy this requirement.  Some positions also require an official background check.


Please see the Financial Aid Guide (pdf) for more information.