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Federal Work Study (FWS)

A Federal Work Study (FWS) job lets you earn part of your college expenses. The purpose of the program is to promote part-time employment opportunities for students. If you are eligible, you will be notified on your financial aid award letter (available in your SBCC campus account). We encourage you to apply for the FWS jobs. There is an online listing of current available job positions managed by the Career Center.

Please note that FWS awards will not be replaced with other types of financial aid nor that having an FWS award guarantees an FWS position. Noted below are the standard directions for using your FWS award. 

If you have any questions not answered below, please contact the Financial Aid Office, or by contacting your assigned advisor (be sure to scroll to the bottom of the page for a list of advisors).

You must complete and submit an FAFSA in order for the SBCC Financial Aid Office to determine your eligibility for FWS. 

After completing your financial aid file, the Financial Aid Office will send you an email to inform you that you have been awarded. View your awards online via your campus account. If you are offered FWS as part of your package, and you are interested in employment, you must seek student employment through the Career Center.
In some cases, students may not see FWS as part of their financial aid package. If that's your case, please contact the SBCC Financial Aid Office to verify your eligibility for FWS.

FWS positions are available in a wide variety of on campus departments or through the FWS off-campus After School Program A-OK.  There is an on line listing of current available job positions managed by the Career Center.
For more information on the FWS off-campus After School Program A-OK please send an email to ChavezE@sbcc.edu

NO. The maximum number of hours per week you will be allowed to work while classes are in session is 19.5 or less, depending upon your FWS allocation.  Different working hours may be available during breaks.  The number of hours you may work is also limited by your overall FWS award.  Be sure to work with your supervisor to earn no more than you FWS award.

You must submit a time card online by the scheduled due date. Your supervisor will approve your hours. Normally, FWS recipients can expect to be paid once per month.

You must:
* Complete and submit an FAFSA
* Complete your financial aid file
* Have FWS eligibility
* Be in good satisfactory academic progress (SAP)
* Work with your hiring supervisor to obtain and complete a New Hire Packet Request-Student Employment through the SBCC Human Resources office

You must maintain satisfactory academic progress (SAP). We encourage students to be enrolled in a minimum of .5 unit to continue eligibility for FWS from semester to semester. Remember that your FWS is only valid for the academic year offered. Once your funds are earned, or the academic year is over, your FWS position must end.