Help Pay for College with Work Study

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

Did You Know? A benefit of the Work Study program is that earnings do not count against you when you file your next year’s FAFSA. When you earn wages through other jobs it raises the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) on your FAFSA, however this is not so with Work Study earnings. Students earn the income, but there is no reduction in potential aid by participating in the Work Study program.

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. 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. 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. Students gain valuable work experience while earning wages.

Work Study Pay Increase

Work Study base pay is now $14.60 per hour.

We encourage all Work Study students to take advantage of this unique opportunity to work extra hours and earn your full award! 

What does it pay? CMC Work Study wages start at $14.60 an hour, pay rates can go higher depending on a student's skills, experience, and the requirements of the position.

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 FAFSA and make sure to indicate that you are interested in work study on the application. CMC’s school code is: 004506.

Step 2: Check your CMC email account to verify your FAFSA has been received and ready for processing. 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. Look on the CMC website to review your campus location job positions or contact your financial aid specialist with any questions.

Step 3: Choose the job position you want to apply for. If you have been awarded Work Study funding, your campus Financial Aid Specialist will assist you with completing the Student Employment Eligibility Sheet to take to the supervisor for the interview process.

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 Eligibility Sheet must be signed by both the student and the supervisor and returned to the campus Financial Aid Specialist. Additional employment documents and a background check will need to be completed by the supervisor before you can begin working as an employee.

 2021-22 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.