Financial Aid Work Study

Work Study Steps to Student Success

Step 1: Have a Work-Study Award

You need to have a current work study offer on your financial aid award notification to apply for a work study position. If you do not have an award, you may consider an available student hourly position or contact the Financial Aid Office to request information for you to be added to the waitlist. Only students who have been offered work study should proceed to the following steps.


Step 2: Find a Position

Work study positions are posted online. If you are logged into eWOLF, go to the Student tab, look under "General Information,” and click the "On Campus Jobs” link. Then click on “Work Study/Student Hourly” Employment to view current positions available. There are also off-campus work study positions through our community partners. However, the off-campus links are external positions not affiliated with Front Range Community College. Remember that all communication from the school must be through your student email account.


Step 3:Apply for a Position

You may apply for more than one position that you are interested in. You must complete a new application for each position and some may require a resume, so have one handy. Applying for a position early is important to utilize your work study award. You will receive an email indicating your application was received shortly after submission.


Step 4: Interview for a Position

Congratulations on getting an interview! Important tidbits would be to dress your best; bring a smile and a resume along to the interview if you have one. Also, please provide confirmation of your work study award offer to the supervisor. This can be found on eWOLF, under the Student Finance Tab, by clicking on award overview. Make sure to select the appropriate school year. If you need assistance with this, please contact the Financial Aid Office.


Step 5: Submit the Online Hiring Form

After you have accepted a position that is the right fit for you, your supervisor will submit an Online Hiring Form to the Financial Aid Office. Please provide your Student Identification number and your CCCS email address to your supervisor in order for the hiring process to begin.


Step 6: Background Check

The Financial Aid Office will confirm your work study eligibility and notify the Human Resources Department who will initiate the background check. The background check process takes approximately one week.


Step 7: Complete Paperwork

Once the background check approval is received by Human Resources, you will receive a login email from Red Carpet with your Human Resources paperwork. You can submit all the required documents online, except the I-9 form.


Step 8: Begin Work

Once your personnel file is complete, the Financial Aid Office is notified to send the remaining paperwork to Human Resources and sends the confirmation of your start date to your supervisor. Your supervisor will then contact you with your start date once you have been approved to begin working.


Step 9: Complete Work Study Student Success Training

You will need to complete the online training in D2L by the end of your first week of working. Have a great year!

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

Types of Aid