Consider the convenience of studying and working without ever leaving campus. Federal Work-Study allows you to earn money to help cover non-billable educational expenses by working within your college or at an off-campus, nonprofit organization. What are you waiting for, apply today!


To be eligible for Work-Study, you must:

  • Be an admitted, degree-seeking, GGC student
  • Meet and maintain federal and GGC financial aid eligibility requirements
  • Submit a current-year FAFSA and all required documents to complete your financial aid file
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Apply for a Work-Study position
  • Be interviewed and hired by the College
  • Be enrolled in at least six credit hours for the semester in which you will work

Due to limited availability of funding and positions, not every student will be awarded Work-Study funds. Receipt of an award does not guarantee you will be hired for a Work-Study position. 

How to Apply

Think of your Work-Study job search as any other job search you might conduct. Students apply at, and those interested in your application and resume will contact you for an interview. If you are hired, your supervisor will work with Human Resources and Financial Aid to process your hiring paperwork. You may not begin working until you receive email notification from your supervisor.

Work-Study Wages

Your Federal Work-Study is part of your financial aid award package. Work-Study wages are earned at an hourly rate of $8.25 and paid every other week. You and your supervisor will be notified to complete and approve timecards to track your time. Failure to complete timecards by the deadlines will result in delayed paychecks until the next pay period. Work-Study earnings are not applied as credit on your tuition bill. Wages earned through Work-Study are reported as “earned income” on the FAFSA for the subsequent year and may be deducted as “Title IV exclusions.” 

Plan your Work Schedule

Coordinate with your supervisor to set an ideal, yet realistic work schedule. Work-Study students may not work more than 25 hours per week, nor work during scheduled class or exam times. In addition, you may not work more than your allotted award. You and your supervisor are responsible for keeping track of hours worked and award balances. Both you and your supervisor will receive notification from the Federal Work-Study coordinator as you approach the semester’s award limit. Please also reference the Federal Work-Study Program: Student Employment Guidelines for instructions on tracking hours.


Frequently Asked Questions

I’ve applied but have not been contacted for an interview.

The position may be filled by another candidate. You are welcome to apply for other positions, but application does not guarantee a call for interview or a position.

I’ve applied and interviewed, but haven’t been hired yet.

The position may have been filled by another candidate. Just like outside jobs, application and interview does not guarantee employment.

I have been offered a position. When can I start to work?

Human Resources will contact you with information about starting your new position. They will let you know your start date. Your supervisor may also contact you after Human Resources has completed your hiring paperwork.

I don’t have a Federal Work-Study award on my award letter?

You may still be eligible for Federal Work-Study and may visit Financial Aid for verification. If you are not eligible for Federal Work-Study, there are available student assistant positions that do not require a Federal Work-Study award.

I worked a Federal Work-Study job last year; can I keep the same job the next school year?

Federal Work-Study jobs are not guaranteed from year to year, and Federal Work-Study students will have to be rehired each school year.