What is Federal Work-Study?

Many students either seek a position related to their career objective or seek positions that offer skill development.  In either case, the FWS Program is intended to provide a balance between the interests of the student and the needs of the department/area/office.       

How do I apply for Federal Work-Study?

1. Complete the FAFSA
2. Award Letter

Once the OCC Financial Aid Office receives your FAFSA information, you will be evaluated for financial need and a financial aid package will be determined. If you have been offered a Federal Work-Study award, you will be given the opportunity to seek employment on campus. To initiate the process for work-study, you must first accept the work-study award.

Who is eligible for Federal Work-Study?

FWS is awarded according to the standard financial aid application and statutory need analysis procedure.  In order to be eligible for a FWS award/funds, a student must:
  • Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)
  • Be determined eligible and awarded a FWS allocation by the Financial Aid Office.  Recipients must reapply for the FAFSA each year.
  • Not owe a repayment to any Title IV grant program nor be in default on any Title IV loans received at any school.

How much will I make?

Your Federal Work Study wages will be at least the current federal minimum wage. 

Can I work as many hours as I want?

The amount you earn cannot exceed your total Federal Work Study award. In addition, you will not be allowed to work more than 19 hours per week.

Questions? Contact the Financial Aid Office

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