Help Pay for College with Work Study

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

See Current Work Study Positions below

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 or CASFA. When you earn wages through other jobs it raises the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) on your FAFSA or CASFA, 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 or a Colorado Application for State Financial 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 or CASFA 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

Work Study base pay is $16.10 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 $16.10 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/CASFA and make sure to indicate that you are interested in work study on the application. CMC’s school code is: 004506. Please know that this will be changing for the 2024-25 year. Please see our FAFSA Changes website for additional information.

Step 2: Check your CMC student email in Basecamp to verify your FAFSA/CASFA 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 a financial aid specialist with any questions.

Step 3:Once you have selected the position you would like to apply for, e-mail through your CMC-assigned e-mail and let them know. Please include your name, student ID, location and the position you are interested in. The Work-Study Team will then send the DocuSign "Student Employment Eligibility Sheet" to your CMC e-mail. You can complete and sign the form on a computer or on your phone.

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 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.

 2023-24 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.