Work Study

Work Study Opportunities

In the Work-study Program, you are able to work part-time to cover expenses. Not only does this program help you have a steady income during the school year, in some cases, work-study can open the door to professional experiences and networking opportunities related to your major.

Work-study opportunities are available at all campus sites year round or off-campus through participating community service organizations.

A student is awarded work study if they indicate on the FAFSA that they are interested in the work study program. All degree and eligible certificate programs are eligible. Work study awards are based upon eligibility and the availability of funds.

There are two (2) types of work-study that can be awarded to a student:

1. Federal Work Study - Granted to students receiving a Financial Aid Package, however will depend on the funding source.  Students are able to work from July 1 – June 15 of the Financial Aid Year.

2. Texas Work Study - It is restricted only, to residents of the State of Texas and funding source. Students are able to work from September 1 – May 15 of the Financial Aid Year. 

NEW: 2018 Federal Work Study Available This Summer

About Summer Work Study

Here is what you need to know about federal work-study opportunities this summer. 

  • 2018 Dates: June 1 - August 17
  • On-campus pay: $9.50
  • Off-campus pay: $10.00
  • Hours: Up to 40 hrs a week

Determining Eligibility

Please visit a financial aid office near you to determine your eligibility .

Fall and Spring Work Study

Eligibility Requirements Per Term


To be eligible for work study at HCC, you must meet these requirements each term:

  • Be a degree-seeking student or enrolled in an eligible certificate program.
  • Be enrolled in at least six credit hours throughout the term of employment. Audit classes do not count.
  • Must not owe a repayment or be in default under any state or federal grant or loan program.
  • Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress.
  • Pass HCC background check.

Application process


Filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the first step if you want to apply for work-study. If you’re interested in the FWS program, be sure to answer “yes” to Question 31 on the FAFSA. Once you’re offered work-study funding and you accept it, you will receive the link to visit HR job search board.  Please note that applying for positions does not guarantee a position. 


How to Apply for Jobs

  1. Interview with employers.
  2. Employer will notify Financial Aid of selected candidate.
  3. Receive an email to submit additional information.
  4. Receive an email to accept offer of position.
  5. Your information is sent for background check.
  6. Complete on-boarding online.
  7. Submit I-9 paperwork to Human Resources.
  8. Supervisor will contact you to begin working once they receive approval. 


* Missing documents will result in a delayed start date.

* Work-Study for 2018-2019 will start September 1, 2018 and job postings for 2018-2019 will be available in late July  2018.



Dress Appropriately 

  • Remember first impressions matter
  • Most positions are business casual (no jeans, tights, etc.)
  • No flashy jewelry, makeup, or heavy perfume/cologne
  • Cover or remove any all body art


Be on Time

  • Arrive 10-15 minutes early
  • Remember to adjust for traffic, etc


Be Prepared

  • Have questions ready


Watch Your Body Language

  • Employers watch for non-verbal cues during the interview. Be sure to give a firm handshake, sit up straight, provide eye contact, and SMILE (during appropriate time, of course).


Work Hours, Salary and Pay Schedule


Work-study positions are hourly-wage jobs in which a student works for an employer according to a mutually agreed-upon schedule. If you are enrolled in the work-study program, you can expect to be paid twice a month, and most jobs are in the $ 9.50 to $ 10.00 range. The pay is considered taxable income.

Your financial aid offer will include a limit for the amount you can earn. Typical awards are up to $5,500 for a 9-month academic year.

At-A-Glance Pay Information

  • Approved students can work up to 19.5 hours per week.
  • On-campus- $9.50 per hour/ Off-campus Community Service- $10.00 per hour.
  • The Work-Study Program is considered a type of part-time employment and you can not exceed 19.5 hours per week.
  • Work-Study participants are paid on a semi-monthly basis.
  • Students are awarded funds based on their financial need but are only paid for hours worked. Any unearned funds at the end of the program term are forfeited.

Here is the payment schedule ➡️ Work - Study Pay Calendar 2017-2018

Work Study Guide Resources for Students and Employers

It is our hope that you have all the information needed to maximize the benefits of the work-study progam. Below are resources for students and employers. 

Frequently Asked Questions And Campus Contacts


What is work-study? There are two types of work-study. Federal Work-Study is federally funded and TX Work-Study is funded by the State of Texas. Both are financial aid programs that enable students to earn money (like a part-time job) toward college expenses by working on campus or off campus through approve nonprofit agencies serving the community.

How do I know if I have a work-study award? Review your financial aid offer on An offer of Federal Work-Study or TX Work-Study must be accepted if you would like to work on or off campus.

What does my Work-Study dollar amount mean? If your financial aid package includes the initial maximum of $5,500 in Work-Study, that is the total amount you can earn in a Work-Study position. Your financial aid offer splits it into $2,750 fall and $2,750 spring but you can earn up to your maximum eligibility anytime during the aid year.

Can I keep working if I'm not enrolled or graduate? If you withdraw, are dismissed, or graduate, you cannot continue in a Work-Study position. It ends on the last day of your enrollment. If an employer wants to retain your services, your earnings must be paid out of the department or agencies payroll budget. You must notify your employer of you have a change in enrollment.

If I don't work do I have to give the money back? Since you don't receive the money until you earn it, and you can't earn it without having a Work-Study job, there is no money to give back.

Can I receive FWS if it is not part of my financial aid award package? If you are interested in Work-Study and you have completed the financial aid application process, please visit with the financial aid office for an evaluation of your eligibility for work-study funds. Do not inquire until you have received a financial aid package.

How much do on-campus positions pay? On-campus positions students will make $9.50 an hour.

How much do off-campus positions pay? Off-campus jobs students will make $10.00 an hour.

Will I receive benefits? No, work-study students are not eligible for paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, or medical and dental insurance through their work-study job.

Can I collect Unemployment if my Work-Study position is terminated or eliminated? Work-Study is a form of financial assistance and the college does not pay into unemployment for the funds received. Therefore, unemployment cannot be claimed against funding received from a work-study job.


For additional information, contact: 

Southeast  - Jamaah Tyler

Central and South Campus – Arlen Montemayor

Northline and Codwell - Deedra Grant

West Loop and Coleman – Tammy Anderson

Stafford and Alief – Shanetta Burke

Spring Branch and Katy- James Dixon












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