Federal Work Study Information

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Federal Work Study

Federal Work-Study (FWS) is a federally funded aid program that provides on-campus work positions to qualifying Saddleback College students.  Students must meet the financial aid requirement to qualify for a position.  To apply, students should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

How do I apply for Federal Work-Study?

  • Complete the FAFSA online at studentaid.gov
  • Mark "Yes" to the Interested in Federal Work Study question
  • Contact the Financial Aid Office to verify eligibility
  • Search for Federal Work Study positions at Saddleback Handshake
  • Submit necessary paper work to Human Resources
  • Follow-up with the Financial Aid Office and you will be directed with next-steps

Federal Work Study Eligibility

  • Students must be enrolled in 6 or more units (half-time)
  • Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress Standards
  • Have financial need
  • Government Issued ID(example: Driver's License, Passport)
  • Physical Social Security card for Human Resources processing 

Quick Facts

  • Must meet financial need requirement by completing the FAFSA
  • Hours: up to 15 hours, per week
  • Pay rate: $15.50 per hour.
  • Students cannot begin working without authorization from the Financial Aid Office


Frequently Asked Questions

I am currently receiving unemployment.  Do I have to report FWS earnings to the unemployment office?

Yes, If you are receiving unemployment insurance benefits and are also employed in the FWS program, you must notify your local unemployment office that you are working in the FWS program.  The California Employment Development Department (EDD) considers it willful misrepresentation to collect unemployment benefits without revealing that you are also receiving FWS.

Are FWS earnings taxable?

Yes, FWS earnings are considered taxable income by both federal and state governments.  However, FWS earnings are not counted as income in determining eligibility for financial aid.