Financial Aid Work Study

Federal Work-Study

Federal work-study (FSW) is a need-based financial aid program that helps students with employment opportunities on campus, or within the community.

Colorado Work-Study

Colorado work-study (CWS) is a financial aid program designed to assist students with employment opportunities on campus, and may be awarded to students who have indicated an interest in work-study on the FAFSA. These are limited funds may be awarded to Colorado residents only.

For both work-study programs:

  • Students cannot begin work until all personnel paperwork has been completed
  • Students cannot work more than 20 hours a week
  • Students must remain enrolled in 6 credits during the time that they are employed through work-study to maintain eligibility
  • Students must submit accurate time sheets on a regular and timely basis
  • Students receive a bi-weekly paycheck
  • Students' earnings are taxable, but these wages are excludes in the need calculation on the FAFSA
  • Students cannot exceed the work-study award
  • To be eligible for a work-study award, you must complete a FAFSA application, be eligible to receive financial aid, and be enrolled in 6 or more credit hours

Steps to Use Your Work-Study

Step 1: Have a Work-Study Award. Work-study funds are limited, so not everyone who wants work-study will receive it. It is important to complete your FAFSA by the priority consideration date of April 1st, each year. You must indicate on your FAFSA that you are interested in receiving work-study in order to receive a work-study offer. Please contact the Financial Aid Office if you have not been offered a work-study award but are interested in working. Only students who have been awarded work-study should proceed through the following steps.


Step 2: Find a Position. Instructions on applying will be within the job description of each position. Position announcements will be posted on the Student Finance tab in eWOLF, under the Work-Study Employment Opportunities Channel.


Step 3: Apply for a Position and Interview. Contact the individual listed on the announcement to arrange an interview. If you have not obtained a work-study position by the end of the second week of the term, your work-study award may be cancelled, as funds are limited.


Step 4: Complete the Online Work-Study Orientation. After you have found a position, review the online work-study orientation on the Student Finance tab in eWOLF, under the Work-Study Employment Opportunities Channel. Students are required to review the work-study orientation each academic year as some important information may change. In addition, you will need to review the Student Work-Study Handbook for important information regarding employment. All orientation materials are available on the Student Finance tab on eWOLF, under the Work-Study Employment Opportunities Channel.

Step 5: Submit the Completed Work-Study Contract. Your Supervisor will submit your Work-Study Contract to the Financial Aid Office, and you will be contacted about when to attend an Employment Session if you are new to the Work-Study Program. Please print off all of the New Hire Packet for Work-Study Employees and have it completed before you attend the Work-Study Employment Session.  The New Hire Packet is available on the Student Finance Tab in eWOLF, under the Work-Study Employment Opportunities Channel.


Step 6: Attend a Work-Study Employment Session. New FRCC student employees are required to attend an employment session to submit their new hire paperwork with Human Resources. State employee policy states that you must pass a background check to be eligible to work at Front Range Community College.


Step 7: Begin Work. Your supervisor will contact you with your start date once you are approved to work.


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