Federal Work Study
Due to COVID-19 the 2020-2021 Federal Work Study application for new students is not
available at this time.
Federal Work-Study program provides part-time jobs for Cerritos College students with
financial need, allowing them to earn money to help pay education expenses. The program
encourages community service work and work related to the student’s course of study.
- Flexible Work Schedule
- Build Professional Skills
- No Work Experience Required
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The 2021-2022 Federal Work-Study application will be available in the Spring 2021 semester. Applications will be reviewed on a first come, first serve basis.
How to apply
Step 1: Submit your FAFSA
Step 2:Check your To Do List and submit all required financial aid documents by April 30th.
Step 3: Apply: Complete the Federal Work-Study Application by the deadline
Once you have submitted your Federal Work-Study Application, please refer to the Federal Work-Study Hiring Process and Important Dates flow chart for more information on the hiring process timeline.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Federal Work-Study (FWS) is a federal financial aid program which allows you to earn
money to help pay educational expenses and encourages community service work. Federal
Work-Study gives students an opportunity to gain valuable work experience while focusing
on their educational goals.
- Students must have a completed financial aid file by April 30th and demonstrate financial
- Students must enroll in at least 6 units (If on a Financial Aid Ed Plan, classes must
be on the ed plan)
- Students must be in good standing with Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)
In order to apply for FWS, the Financial Aid Office requires that you have completed
your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and have submitted all documents
required to complete your financial aid file by April 30th. Submit the FWS application
during the application period. This is a separate application from the FAFSA and submitting
this application does not guarantee FWS employment. Continuing FWS students do not
need to reapply. Money earned from this program is considered a financial aid award
and reduces your unmet need.
Your FWS hourly rate varies depending on where you are placed and the duties that
you will be performing. Your total FWS award depends on various factors: when you
apply, financial need, and the funding level available for the program.
We have both on-campus and off-campus positions. Off-campus positions are at the local
elementary schools in Norwalk-La Mirada School District. Fingerprinting clearance
is required for both on-campus and off-campus positions.
No, the amount you earn cannot exceed your total FWS award. When assigning work hours,
your site supervisor and FWS coordinator will advise you on your hours. As a temporary
employee, you are not allowed to work beyond 175 days per year or over 950 hours.
Most employees work 10-12 hours per week. You must receive approval from the FWS Coordinator
to work more than 10-12 hours per week.
You will be notified by mail or phone if you are eligible and asked to meet with the
FWS Coordinator for further consideration. If selected, you will also be asked to
complete Human Resources requirements for temporary employment which includes fingerprinting
and attend a mandatory orientation. Openings in the FWS program are limited. If you
are not selected, you may be placed on the waiting list for the academic year. If
you are not selected from the waiting list, you will need to reapply during the next
STAFF ONLY - ON CAMPUS JOB SITES REQUEST
Federal Work-Study (FWS) Employee Request Form - For On Campus Job Sites Only (Staff Only) - This form is to be filled out by departments to request a work-study employee to
be placed in their area. Please indicate how many students you would like to be referred
to your department.
For further information please contact the Financial Aid Office at (562) 860-2451
ext. 2395 or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.