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Eligibility and Programs


​Students must be eligible to work in the United States, be currently enrolled in a minimum of 6 units and must have a GPA of 2.0 or higher before they can be considere​d for on-campus positions; the exception is the summer session students must be currently enrolled in one unit. Each department determines the number of hours that students may work each week up to a maximum of 20 hours. FWS students may work a maximum of 20 hours per week (as needed) until they have earned their total Work Study Award. There are some limited tutoring positions off campus at pre-approved sites.

District/Special Project Funds

Positions are filled by students looking for part-time work, received a Federal Work Study award and/or have been sent to the On-Campus Job Placement Office to be hired to work at a specific pre-approved work assignment.

Federal Work Study Program

The Federal Work Study Program (FWS) is a federally funded program that gives students the opportunity to work on-campus. FWS requires the completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  Students must meet specific eligibility requirements.  Due to limited funds, FWS is awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis. See Hiring Process.  The On-Campus Job Placement office will make every effort to match students to positions that are closely related to their majors, skills, interests and available hours. You will be given a Referral Form and supervisor contact information to schedule an interview appointment. Refer to Interviewing section.

FWS award is NOT a guarantee of employment.  

    • To work under the Federal Work Study (FWS) program, students must meet the following requirements:
      • Receive a FWS award from the Financial Aid Office.
      • Schedule an appointment with the Job Placement Coordinator; refer to the hiring process information.
      • Stay actively enrolled in six or more units each semester. Exception: must be actively enrolled in one unit for summer session.

CalWorks Program

The California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKS) program is designed to assist families as they become financially self-sufficient.  The Student Placement Program provides campus employment for eligible participants with the short-term goal of preparing them to move into unsubsidized employment, and the long-term goal of taking active control of their own lives and managing their work careers.