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Federal Work-Study

For more information, contact Tonja Suttles - (828) 448- 3597.

The Federal Work-Study (FWS) is a program where students work and earn a paycheck while attending WPCC. Work-Study is designed to offer students financial assistance while providing valuable work experience which can be used on a resume. Work-Study is considered “self-help” financial aid.

Money students earn does not have to be paid back and can be used to subsidize their educational expenses or other personal expenses. Work-Study jobs are also extremely valuable sources of experience to the students; it offers students an opportunity to grow professionally before  leaving college. Every effort is made to match the student with a position that relates to the student’s program of study.

There are several benefits of the work study program:

  • Supervisors work around student’s class schedule
  • Students gain valuable work experience
  • Students build references for future employment

There are two categories of FWS positions at WPCC:

  1. On-campus positions, involves such services as clerical support, faculty assistants, and maintenance workers.
  2. Community service positions at mostly off-campus locations include reading tutors at local elementary schools through the America Reads Program, tax preparation assistance through the WPCC VITA program, and assistance at other community service centers in the area as needed.
    *Reading Tutors are required to have a criminal background check completed by the Burke County Public School System before they begin work at a local elementary school.

Pay rates for work-study positions:

  • On campus positions pay $7.35 per hour
  • Off campus positions pay $8.35 per hour

Work-Study students may work a maximum of 12 hours a week. Students will arrange a work schedule with their supervisor that will accommodate the needs of the student and the hiring department.

Work-Study Positions include:

  • America Reads: Elementary School Reading Tutor
  • Office Assistant – various departments
  • Lab Assistants – various departments
  • Print Shop Assistants
  • Maintenance Assistants
  • Clerical Assistants – various departments
  • Art Studio Assistants
  • Library Assistants

And many more!

Applying for Work-Study Positions

The Financial Aid Office has teamed up with Career Services to provide students with one place to conduct their employment searches.  Students who wish to apply for a work-study position should complete a Work Study Application (PDF file: get the free Adobe Reader here).  Work-Study applications are also available on the Financial Aid Rack in Student Services.  Once completed, the work-study application should be dropped off in the financial aid drop box in Hildebrand Hall.  After completing the paper application, students need to create a College Central Account, to search for and apply to work-study positions.  Once the student has identified a work-study position(s) they are interested in, they will need to submit a cover letter and resume through the College Central Network.

Eligibility for Federal Work-Study is based on the student’s FAFSA information.

If you are unsure if you qualify for Federal Work-Study or have questions about the program please contact Tonja Suttles at (828) 448-3597.