Federal Work Study Program
What is Federal Work Study?
The Federal Work Study Program allows students to work for the college while earning a degree. The work study program may be able to place you in an area where you can gain work experience in your desired field and fine tune your current skills to build your resume for future careers. Many of the jobs are administrative support and require strong clerical and computer skills. Opportunities for employment exists in the ACC Children’s Center, library, grounds keeping, skills lab, and shipping and receiving department that call for a more general variety of skills and background.
What are the hours and pay rate?
Work study is not a permanent position, and it is limited to a maximum of 8 semesters while students are attending ACC. Students can work up to 15 hours per week (hours will vary depending upon the department). Each semester, students will work with their supervisor to create a new work schedule that best suits both the student and the department for which they work.
The pay rate ranges from $8 – $10 per hour and is based on the job responsibilities and requirements for each position. Students are paid on a monthly basis. Checks are direct deposited into the student’s bank account on the last business day of each month. Insurance benefits are not available with work study as it is only a temporary position.
Am I eligible?
To be eligible for the Federal Work Study Program, you must have completed a FAFSA and have an Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) exhibiting financial need (check with the financial aid office if you are unsure about your EFC). You must also have a GPA of at least 2.0 and a completion rate of 67% or higher. Preference will be given to students with the highest GPAs and completion rates.
You do not need to be a full time student to participate in the work study program; however you must be enrolled in at least 1 credit hour.
How do I know what positions are available?
How do I apply for the Federal Work Study Program?
- Complete a FAFSA application.
- Turn in all paper work requested by the financial aid office.
- Complete the Work Study information session on Moodle under the Money matters course.
- 48 Hours after completing the information session, please log onto your E-forms and complete the Federal Work Study application and attach a resume. You will be given an application at the end of the information session.
Where can I get the Work Study application?
The Federal Work Study application will open 48 business hours after you complete the orientation information session. The orientation information session is a SoftChalk activity that is housed in the SoftChalk Cloud (my account). There is a link to the activity placed in Financial Aid Money Matters. When students click the link, they are asked for a “user identifier.” This simply means “Enter your name.” After entering a name and click “Submit,” they are taken to the orientation. To access the orientation link, click HERE. To access the application, please log onto your e-forms account in Self Service. You will be given an application at the end of the information session.
What if I don’t have a resume?
You will need a resume to effectively compete in the job market of the real world. A resume allows an employer to see all of the best attributes about you on one page. Your resume is your first impression an employer has of you even before you shake hands. In an effort to best prepare you for your career after ACC, we require resumes as part of the application process. If you need assistance creating a resume, you can refer to our Career Services link HERE under Services for Students on the ACC homepage. You can also make an appointment for resume assistance with our Director of Student Success, Ilona Owens. Call or email Ilona at 336-506-4146 or Ilona.Owens@alamancecc.edu.
Am I guaranteed a job?
No. Work study positions fluctuate each school year in correlation to the need of the departments within the college and the Federal Work Study budget. There are often more applicants than there are positions. It is our hope to employ as many students as possible. Our office will keep your application on file for one academic year.
You can give yourself the best chance by presenting a neat resume and dressing professionally for interviews. Refer to our Interviewing Tips on our Career Services page under Services for Students HERE. Not only will this help to develop your overall interview skills, it will help you to make an excellent impression on supervisors, increasing your chances of being hired.
The Federal Work Study program is a wonderful opportunity for students, but it is still a job with responsibilities and expectations. You are expected to conduct yourself in a professional manner at all times. This includes calling in when you will be late or out, getting work done in a timely manner, maintaining confidentiality, and being a positive representation of ACC. A student may be terminated for unsatisfactory performance (as determined by their department/supervisor), excessive tardiness or absences, or for any other reason deemed appropriate by the college.
What if I still have questions?
If you still have questions about the Federal Work Study Program, please contact the Financial Aid Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 336-506-4340.