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Federal Work Study Placement Process


About Federal Work Study

Work-study positions are hourly-wage jobs in which a student works for a department on campus according to a mutually agreed-upon schedule and is paid monthly for the hours worked. Work-study awards are not grants automatically applied toward one's tuition bill, nor is the amount of the award guaranteed. An award simply allows a student to participate in the program and sets a limit as to the amount of income a student can earn during the academic year. It is the responsibility of the student to work enough hours to reach the earnings limit and to budget the money wisely throughout the year to meet necessary college costs.

The College does not place students in jobs, nor can we guarantee a job, but the Career Services Coordinator and the Work-Study Coordinator act as a referral center for positions. The responsibility to get hired rests solely with the student. However, our offices will do whatever possible to assist a student's job search.

To be eligible for the COCC Federal Work-Study Employment Program, you must have been awarded and accepted Federal Work-Study as part of your COCC Financial Aid award package.


For Summer positions

  • Jobs will be posted two weeks before the start of summer term.
  • Work can begin on July 1.

    Please note: Not all Federal Work-Study positions open for the summer term. Be sure to review additional positions prior to the start of fall term.

For Fall positions

  • Jobs will be posted two weeks before the start of fall term.
  • Work can begin on the first day of fall term (unless carrying over from summer).


Student Steps to Complete the Work-Study Placement Process

  • Student creates an account on the Employment Opportunities page at to search for jobs.
  • Student finds a job of interest and follows the application instructions.
  • Student will be required to complete an online application and upload a copy of the Financial Aid Award Summary. Student will have the option to upload a resume, cover letter, and letters of recommendation.
  • Supervisors will select students to interview. If the student is offered the position, Human Resources will submit a background check.
  • Once a criminal background check report has been received without discrepancy, HR will notify the supervisor to let him/her know s/he can move forward with the formal offer to hire.
  • The supervisor will then notify the student that he/she is eligible to being working and direct him/her to HR to complete the employment paperwork.



If students or supervisors have questions regarding the Federal Work-Study Program or the general process, please contact Deborah Lehto by email: or phone: 541-383-7263.