Work-study allows you to earn part of your financial aid through employment on campus and in community service agencies.
Work-study awards are not grants or scholarships automatically applied towards your tuition bill, and there is no guaranteed amount. An award simply lets you participate in the program and sets a limit as to how much you can earn during the academic year.
Types of Work Study:
- Federal Work-Study Program
- Based on financial need as determined by the FAFSA.
- Students may work on campus or in the local community
- SMC Work-Study Program
- Funded through institutional resources only.
- Limited to areas requiring special needs and/or skills.
- Student receives an hourly rate of pay for the number of hours worked.
Additional details about work-study requirements and procedures:
- Work-study allows students to earn part of their financial aid through employment on campus and in community service agencies.
- Any work-study award, Federal College Work-Study (FCWS) or College Work-Study (SCWS), listed on your award letter shows the maximum amount you may earn during the 2019-2020 academic year (August-May).
- Work-study awards are not grants or scholarships automatically applied towards one’s tuition bill, nor is the amount of the award guaranteed. An award simply authorizes a student to participate in the program and sets a limit as to the amount of income a student can earn during the academic year.
- Information and instructions will be mailed to you during the summer regarding the annual meeting that all work-study students must attend.
- All students working at SMC must complete an IRS Form W-4, and I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification Form and a Work Authorization Form. Forms are distributed by the Office of Financial Aid. Please do not begin working until you have completed the required forms. We cannot list you on the student payroll (and you will not be paid) until all forms have been completed correctly and in full.
- Students working at SMC are paid an hourly wage on a bi-weekly schedule. Wages are deposited directly into your personal checking or savings account. Those who choose to can apply their work-study earnings to their SMC student account to defer an outstanding balance. These students must complete a separate form with the SMC Business Office.
- Students have one week after the beginning of each semester to secure their jobs and begin working. Those who do not find a job and begin working within that one week period will forfeit their offer for a work-study position.
- If you were not awarded work-study and you would like to be considered for it, contact the Office of Financial Aid to see if your name can be placed on the waiting list.