Work study is a federal need-based award that allows students the opportunity to apply for various on-campus positions. Funds earned through working at a work study job are paid in the form of a paycheck every two weeks. This provides assistance with living expenses. Because Work study is paid every two weeks, it is not available to pay tuition and fees at the start of each term.
The Work Study program at MCC is designed to help students prepare for employment after college. In addition to their primary responsibilities, students learn basic transferable job skills to help prepare them for success in the workplace.
To be considered for a Work study award, students must complete the FAFSA and submit any additional documentation that is requested as part of the financial aid application. To be eligible for Work study, students must meet all general eligibility requirements, be enrolled at least half time, and meet all Satisfactory Academic Progress Requirements. Half time is defined as a minimum of 6 credits per semester.
Work study funds are limited and students are encouraged to submit their FAFSA as early as possible to be considered. The FAFSA is available online in October for the following fall term. Funds are awarded on a first-come first-served basis based on the date the FAFSA is received by MCC.
Confirming Eligibility and Accepting the Award
If awarded, Work study is listed on the award letter. To confirm an award, log into Net Partner (MCC’s online financial aid system) and review the financial aid ward for the current year. The award will be listed as FWS (Federal Work Study).
The award must be accepted on the Accept Awards tab in Net Partner before a student can apply for positions and begin working.
Applying for Positions
Students can apply for positions using the link below. Employment opportunities vary across campuses and offices. There are often positions available office clerks, library/computer lab assistants, science lab assistants, and reading or math tutors.
If hired, students can expect to submit identity and work eligibility documentation as well as complete tax and other forms. Hiring paperwork is completed through Human Resources. All student employees will also have a background check run before they are eligible to begin working.
Training and Assessment
Student employees receive on the job training from their supervisor for the tasks that are assigned.
The supervisor will assess the student’s job performance and measure learning outcomes at the start of employment and at the end of each term. Students are also expected to assess their own performance at these times as well.