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Federal Work Study Jobs

The Federal Work Study (FWS) program provides part-time jobs for students while working around your college schedule.

As a Federal Work-Study employee, you have the opportunity of working in a field related to your major.

Eligibility requirements:

  • Completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Completed all requirements requested by the college
  • Achieving satisfactory academic progress
  • Enrolled in a least half-time status (6 credit hours or more)
  • Have available unmet financial need
  • Must be enrolled in a declared associates degree program at Pima Community College.
  • Already accepted your loans? It is not too late to work with the Financial Aid office to adjust your awards and be eligible for Federal Work Study.

How do I apply for Federal Work Study?

To find job postings,

  1. Log in to MyPima
  2. Click on the "Financial Aid" tab
  3. Find the section "Federal Work Study Jobs"
  4. Click on the online job search to find a list of FWS jobs

If you have any additional questions about this process after reviewing the following FAQ's, please contact the Pima Community College Financial Aid Office at fws@pima.edu.

FWS Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

1. What is Federal Work Study and how do I find out if I am eligible?

2. Are Federal Work Study jobs on campus or off campus?

3. How much will I earn as a work study?

4. How will I get paid?

5. Is Direct Deposit an option?

6. Can I work as many hours as I want as a work study student?

7. How many hours can I work during breaks (example: Spring break)?

8. Can I work weekends?

9. Can I keep my job during the Summer? Do I have to be enrolled?

10. Can I get a Federal Work Study job if I am not eligible for Federal Work Study?

11. How do I find a Federal Work Study job?

12. Can I apply for more than one position?

13. Am I guaranteed a student employment job if I apply for a Federal Work Study job?

14. Can I work multiple FWS jobs?

15. How do I request/apply for FWS for summer semester?

16. Do I have to reapply each year for my position?

17. How do I view my Federal Work Study award?

18. Do I have to pay taxes on the money I earn through Federal Work Study?

1.  What is Federal Work Study and how do I find out if I am eligible?

The Federal Work Study (FWS) program provides part-time employment to students attending institutions of higher education who need the earnings to help meet their costs of postsecondary education and encourages students receiving FWS assistance to participate in community service activities. Apply for Federal Work Study by completing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

To be considered for Federal Work Study (FWS), be sure to indicate on your FAFSA that you are interested in the work study program. Funds for this program are limited, so it is important that you complete your FAFSA by the Financial Aid Office’s priority deadline. If you are eligible, the college will email you notification of your eligibility. Students must also be in good academic standing and enrolled in at least half-time status.

2. Are Federal Work Study jobs on campus or off campus?

Currently, all jobs are located at a Pima Community College campus, Pima Community College Adult Education sites or Pima Community College District Office.

3. How much will I earn as a work study?

All Federal Work Study students earn the current Arizona minimum wage.

4. How will I get paid?

You will be paid by the hour for the hours you work, and a check will be disbursed to you bi-weekly (every other Friday).

5. Is Direct Deposit an option?

Yes, direct deposit is an option and the form is available online at www.pima.edu. For assistance or questions regarding direct deposit, please contact the Employee Services Center at (520) 206-4945.

6. Can I work as many hours as I want as a work study student?

No.  Students can work up to 19.5 hours a week during the academic school year.  It is important to remember, the amount you earn cannot exceed your total Federal Work Study award.  

7. How many hours can I work during breaks (example: Spring break)?

Students may work during breaks but still only up to 19.5 hours a week. Also, work study students must be supervised at all times. Work study students may not work when regular College employees are not working, such as Winter recess.

8. Can I work weekends?

Yes; however, work study students must be supervised at all times. Work study students may not work when regular College employees are not working.

9. Can I keep my job during the Summer? Do I have to be enrolled?

Yes, as long as your supervisor has a position available and the FWS program has funding available. A student working the entire Summer semester does not have to be enrolled in the Summer semester but must be enrolled in at least 6 or more credits in the upcoming Fall semester. 

10. Can I get a Federal Work Study job if I am not eligible for Federal Work Study?

Unfortunately, you must demonstrate financial unmet need in order to be offered a Federal Work Study award. Need is determined by completing your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). However, please visit a campus student services center to learn more about their career services.

11. How do I find a Federal Work Study job?

Available FWS positions are posted to the Pima Community College website. To access the positions and apply online:

  • Logon to MyPima
  • Click on the Financial Aid tab
  • Click on “online job search” which is located in the Federal Work Study Jobs box.

12. Can I apply for more than one position?

You can apply for more than one position and are encouraged to apply for all positions you might be interested in. As with most jobs, applicants do go through an interview process. If you need help with the interview process, contact any campus career center.

13. Am I guaranteed a student employment job if I apply for a Federal Work Study job?

No, you are responsible for securing your own employment.

14. Can I work multiple FWS jobs?

In general no; however, special considerations can be made for Supervisors within the same department or area. Please have the Supervisors email FWS at fws@pima.edu for more information.

15. How do I request/apply for FWS for summer semester?

If you are already hired in a position and requesting to keep your position, please have your Supervisor email FWS at fws@pima.edu with the intent to keep you for the Summer session. If you have not yet applied for a position and are interested in the Summer session, please refer to question 11 for assistance in applying.

16. Do I have to reapply each year for my position?

Yes, at the start of each new academic year all students must reapply for their position and go through the same hiring processes. This is to be consistent with Pima Community College’s equal opportunity policies. All positions for the new academic year begin posting in July.

17. How do I view my Federal Work Study award?

On your MyPima under the financial aid tab and the box titled “Financial Aid Awards”. 

18. Do I have to pay taxes on the money I earn through Federal Work Study?

Yes, work study income is taxable. You will receive a W-2 form from the College at the end of each year.  This form will indicate how much you earned at the College. Note, although you should list those earnings as income on your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), you may also report them as exclusions in the appropriate section of your FAFSA.