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Work Your Way Through College with Federal Work Study

Jun 15, 2020

Would you like to earn money to help pay for college? If you have financial need, you may qualify to apply for Federal Work-Study jobs.

Federal Work-Study (FWS) provides part-time jobs for students with financial need. Funds earned help students pay for their education expenses. Community service work and jobs related to the student’s course of study are encouraged. FWS offers an ideal way for students to gain valuable skill and experience.

Lizette Ponthier“Work study jobs can include working as a tutor, supporting library services and more. Some positions relate to our academic programs,” said Lizette Ponthier, financial aid supervisor at DVC.

Am I eligible?

  • Must submit the FAFSA and indicate “yes” to your interest in federal work-study.
  • Must submit documents requested by the financial aid office.
  • Must enroll in a minimum of 6 units per regular term, or 3 units in the summer.
  • Must maintain a 2.0 GPA and meet Satisfactory Academic Progress.

Student working“Federal Work-Study funding is limited, so DVC cannot fund all students who meet eligibility criteria. Students who submit the FAFSA by March 2nd and demonstrate the most financial need will receive priority,” said Ponthier.


  • Gain valuable work experience and employment skills.
  • Income earned does not count towards Expected Family Contribution (EFC) on the FAFSA.
  • Flexible hours to coordinate with a student’s schedule.
  • Jobs are usually on campus.

“Federal work-study employment offers students a great opportunity to learn the skills needed to work on any job site. Some skills relate to actual duties and responsibilities, but they also learn skills to help them with time management and communication in the workplace,” said Ponthier.

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