Federal Work Study

What is Federal Work-Study? 

Federal Work-Study (FWS) is one of several federal grants offered through the Financial Aid & Scholarships Department. In order to be considered for FWS, students must apply for and be eligible to receive Federal Financial Aid. 

Federal Work-Study offers students the opportunity to earn money through part-time employment. The program allows the student to gain work experience and pay for a portion of educational expenses as the award is earned. 

The FWS award specifies the total amount a student is eligible to earn for the academic year, July 1 through June 30. Rather than receiving a check at the beginning of each semester as with other grants, students receive their work-study award as earnings from their job in the form of a payroll check. 


To be eligible, you must: 

  • Apply for Financial Aid (https://studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa)
  • Have a completed financial aid file 
  • Have unmet financial need 
  • Be enrolled in at least six financial aid course eligible units at San Joaquin Delta College 
  • Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP). Details on SAP


You are not guaranteed Federal Work Study if you check “yes” to having interest in work study on the FAFSA application or just because you are eligible for FWS. FWS jobs and funding are limited so we recommend you submit your FAFSA as early as possible. 

How to Apply for a Federal Work-Study job
Step 1: Financial Aid File Completion:

Submit all required documents via your Campus Logic student portal 

Step 2: Confirm eligibility of Federal Work Study

Confirm eligibility of Federal Work Study with the Financial Aid & Scholarship office, you can reach our office multiple ways. Please contact Stephanie Roxson or visit our Contact Us page for additional contact information.

Step 3: Review Open Jobs 

Review the list of Federal Work Study (FWS) JOB OPENINGS and contact the supervisor of the position you are interested in either by phone or via email. 

Job openings by Department:

Update: 05/11/2023


Step 4: Interview for the Job 

Bring the following to your interview: 

  • Your Delta College Financial Aid Award Notice
  • Your Course Eligibility to confirm enrollment in six (6) Financial AidCourse Eligible units
  • Any other documents requested by the department such as a resume
Step 5: Review Human Resource Short Term Packet & FWS Contract and Handbook

If you are hired for a specific job, the supervisor will submit a request to the FWS Coordinator. The FWS Coordinator will send you the Human Resource Short Term Packet, the FWS Referral and Contract, and the FWS Student Employment Handbook. 

After you cleared employment through Human Resources and your FWS paperwork is complete, your supervisor will receive an approval email from the FWS Coordinator. At that time, your supervisor will contact you to discuss your start date and time of employment. 

Questions About FWS?

Send comments, questions or suggestions about Federal Work Study to Stephanie Roxson.