What is 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. 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) at https://studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa

I’ve completed my FAFSA, how do I apply for Work-Study?

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.

How can I tell if I’m eligible for Work-Study?

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!

What does Work-Study pay?

As Work-Study is a federal program, it will utilize federal minimum wage, $7.25 an hour.

How does Work-Study work with my school schedule?

As a program requirement, working hours are limited to 19 hours a week 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.

I’ve applied for Work-Study, when will I hear back on my application?

As a forewarning when submitting a Work-Study application, please be aware of the following:

  1. Submitting a Work-Study application is NOT a 100% guarantee of a position.
    Work-Study positions are available to the need of the offices around campus. The supervisors of the appropriate office will determine any number of hiring or interviewing decisions.
  2. It is indeterminate of a timeframe for the Financial Aid office to give any feedback towards any applications.
    Final decisions of any interview inquiries and hiring are done through the office that initiated contact. Any notice of so is done through that office and not through the Financial Aid office.  Financial Aid can only assure that your application has been processed and that your application is made available to offices looking to hire.
How long do Work-Study applications last?

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.

What Work-Study positions are available?

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 positions may be added or withdrawn from this list as the offices’ demand calls for so.

For more information on any Work-Study openings, please contact the Financial Aid office.

How will I know if I am selected for Work-Study?

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.

I’m interested in working for Texarkana College, but Work-Study may not be for me. Are there any other options?

For any job inquiries outside of Work-Study, please visit the Texarkana College Human Resources page at https://www.texarkanacollege.edu/human-resources/.

What are the conditions of Work-Study after I get hired?
  • Student may work an average of 19 hours per week when classes are in session. The rate of pay is minimum wage 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.