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Work Study

Work-Study is a form of financial aid that allows students to work, usually in an on-campus position, to help them earn money to assist with education expenses.

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About Work Study

The program encourages community service work and work related to the student’s course of study. Work-study requires that you demonstrate financial need, which is determined by your Expected Family Contribution (EFC). To find your EFC, you must first apply through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Frequently Asked Questions

As mentioned previously, you must first complete the FAFSA in order for Financial Aid to make a determination. If you are then interested in applying for a Work-Study job while enrolled in college or career school, paper applications are available in the Financial Aid Office. Only a paper application is needed.  You are free to attach resumes, work experience, certifications, etc., at your discretion.

The primary eligibility considerations for work-study are financial need, satisfactory academic progress and position availability. Since work-study is entry-level, prior experience will not be a significant factor in placement. Also, keep in mind that maxing out on student loans reduces your unmet need and may leave you ineligible for Work-Study!

The current rate of pay for Work-Study is $11.50 per hour.

While school is in session, working hours are limited to 19-28 hours per week (depending on available funding) and your potential work schedule will be built around your school schedule. For instance; you have a class that is from 10:00 am to 11:30 am. You can work before and/or after that class time, but you cannot work anytime during that class time.

Please be aware that submitting a Work-Study application is not a guarantee of a job. The college has limited funding from the government to pay work-study wages, and available positions may be limited by the needs of the offices around campus hiring student workers. Jobs also sometimes open up mid-year that were not available at the start of the school year.

For this reason, there is not a set time frame in which you will hear back on your application. For example, student who submits an application in August might be contacted by an interested office looking to hire in January. Final decisions on hiring will be made by the college offices conducting interviews and hiring students, so all inquiries regarding hiring decisions should be made with the office you interviewed with, not the Financial Aid Office. The Financial Aid Office can only confirm that we have received your application and answer whether or not you qualify for the Work-Study program in a general way, but not for a specific job.

Work-Study applications are good for the academic year you are applying for, typically from an August-to-August school year. Multiple submissions of applications will be taken in but will not affect any priority.

While Financial Aid does not have a list of immediate openings, here are offices who have hired Work-Study students before:

  • Office of Admissions
  • Office of Adult Education
  • Business Office
  • Office of Community and Business Education
  • Office of Dual Credit
  • Office of Enrollment Services
  • Office of Financial Aid
  • Office of Information Technology
  • Office of Institutional Advancement and Public Relations
  • Liberal and Performing Arts Division
  • Business and Social Sciences Division
  • Palmer Memorial Library
  • Office of Retention and Disability Services
  • Student Support Services and Tutoring
  • Texarkana ISD – Theron Jones Tutoring
  • Office of Workforce/Food Bank

Please note that position availability by school year may vary depending on work-study funding, job availability, and the needs of the offices and schools listed. Contact the Financial Aid Office if you have questions about whether or not a particular office is hiring.

Any prospective offices looking to hire will initiate contact to the student for interviews and hiring. The offices will contact individuals via the phone number provided on your application or your TC Email. Financial Aid does not initiate any hiring.

For any job inquiries outside of Work-Study, please visit the Texarkana College Human Resources page at

  • Students may be able to work up to 28 hours per week when classes are in session, depending on available funding. The rate of pay is $11.50 per hour for all student workers.  Hours worked must be recorded on the time sheet to the nearest quarter of an hour.  (Example:  9:55 should be recorded as 10:00 and 10:05 should be recorded as 10:00.)
  • A Part-Time Hourly Time Submission Schedule of time sheet due dates will be provided. All time sheets are due in the Human Resource Office by the time and date indicated on the schedule.  It is the student worker’s responsibility to ensure that timesheets are completed and submitted to their supervisor.
  • The semester award amount listed on the contract is the amount that the student is eligible to earn for the semester and cannot be exceeded.
  • Student is not allowed to work during regularly scheduled class time, even if class lets out early.
  • Student must maintain a minimum enrollment level of ½-time (6hrs) at Texarkana College in order to be eligible to work. If enrollment drops below these guidelines, employment will be terminated on the date of drop.
  • Student must submit a copy of their social security card, driver’s license and complete a W-4 form, I-9 form and Direct Deposit form for payroll purposes to the Human Resource Office before beginning employment.
  • Student employment earnings will be direct deposited on the dates listed on the Part-Time Hourly Time Submission Schedule.
  • Student will be treated fairly and courteously and will not be discriminated against based on race, color, religion, sex, marital status, age, national origin, handicapped or status of a disabled or Vietnam era veteran.
  • Student will have the responsibility to keep any and all information seen or heard in the performance of their job duties confidential. Student cannot copy, remove, or allow unauthorized access to institutional documents, files, or mailing lists.
  • Student agrees that cell phone usage is prohibited during work hours, unless prior approval has been made by direct supervisor.
  • Student is not allowed to park in Faculty/Staff parking.