Work Study

What is Work Study?

Work Study is a federally and state funded program that helps students with financial need through on and off-campus jobs which are relevant to a student’s major or career interest. There are a select number of Work Study positions at SPSCC each year.

  • It is a need-based financial aid award.
  • It is not a grant (you must work to earn it), and it is not a loan (you don't have to pay it back).
  • There is limited funding so the program is available on a first come, first served basis.
  • A work study award does not guarantee employment, you must complete the steps below.

Work Study and Student Employment Benefits

  • Part-time employment complements class schedules.
  • Extra income helps pay for living and college expenses.
  • There is opportunity to decrease student loans.
  • Get on-the-job training and experience across various areas, including community service.

Types of Work Study

Federal & State Work Study Programs

Work Study positions are federally and state funded programs that helps students with financial need through on and off-campus jobs which are relevant to a student’s major or career interest. There are a select number of Work Study positions at SPSCC each year.

  • It is a need-based financial aid award.
  • It is not a grant (you must work to earn it), and it is not a loan (you don't have to pay it back).
  • There is limited funding so the program is available on a first come, first served basis.
  • A work study award does not guarantee employment, you must complete the steps below.
How to Apply

1. Check your Financial Aid Award on the FA Portal to verify if you have been offered Work Study. If you were not offered work study but would like to see if you are eligible, contact the One Stop in building 22. 

2. Request a Work Study Authorization Form from Student Employment Services by emailing studentemployment@spscc.edu. Please include the following in your email:

  • In the subject like: "Work Study Authorization Form Requesting"
  • In the body of the email include: Full Name/Preferred Name, Student ID Number (SID) and Program of Study
    (Please allow two business days for processing. You will receive an authorization via email from Student Employment Services.)

3. Search and apply for Work Study jobs on the SPSCC Student Employment Opportunities page.

4. If selected for an interview bring your completed Work Study Authorization form with you to the interview.

5. If hired, ask your supervisor to email the completed and signed Work Study Authorization Form to studentemployment@spscc.edu.

WorkFirst Work Study

WorkFirst Work Study (WFWS) positions are generally located on the SPSCC campus. These positions are available to students who are participants in the Temporary Assistance for Needy Family (TANF) program. WorkFirst Work Study is part of the WorkFirst program.

How to Apply

1. Check with your WorkFirst Program Specialist. They can create a referral form for Student Employment Services.

2. Student Employment Services will contact you to schedule an intake and provide you with a Work Study Authorization Form.

3. Search and apply for Work Study jobs on the SPSCC Student Employment Opportunities page.

4. If selected for an interview, bring your completed Work Study Authorization Form with you to the interview.

5. If hired, ask your supervisor to email the completed and signed Work Study Authorization Form to studentemployment@spscc.edu.

Student Employment Resources

Student Success Story

Amanda Sides - Transfer Student to University of Washington

"As a work study participant I gained invaluable firsthand experience that helped me grow my understanding of the professional world. I gained insight how to better balance supporting, both, office goals while serving clients. I learned important skills and techniques such as research and analysis techniques, how to consolidate information and organize systems and develop guides for clients and teammates that are utilized in office settings to facilitate the completion of projects. My experience as a student employee allowed me my first glimpse of the professional world that I am on my way to joining full-time."