Oakland Community College - Student Employment


What is Work-Study?
Work-Study is a federal and state-funded, need based financial aid program designed to provide jobs to students with an enrollment status of at least half-time to help them meet their school related expenses. Students typically work up to 20 hours per week to earn the amount of their award.

Work-Study students should contact the campus Student Financial Resources and Scholarships Office for assistance. Visit the Frequently Asked Questions link for a quick reference point. For additional information, see Work-Study.


How do I apply for Work-Study?

  1. Students interested in applying for financial aid awards (scholarships, grants or loans) and Work-Study must apply online at FAFSA. Be sure to select Work-Study on the FAFSA for the question that asks which types of student aid are you interested in. See Student Financial Resources and Scholarships for a list of all current online forms including the most up to date Summer Financial Aid Application and FAFSA.
  2. For  financial assistance, the FAFSA and all complete and accurate documentation must be submitted by mid-July each year.  Students submitting information after this date must be prepared to pay and receive reimbursement later, if eligible for assistance.
  3. The results of the FAFSA must show financial need in order to qualify for Work-Study.

What do I do once I accept my Work-Study award?

  1. If you have not already done so, complete the online Student Employment Eligibility Form (JP11).
  2. Your Student Employment Eligibility Form (JP11) will be placed into the on-campus student employment candidate pool. From the candidate pool your JP11 will be available for departments throughout the college to review.


What's my next step?

  • Work-Study On-Campus:  Interested departments will contact you for an interview.
  • Work-Study Off-Campus Work Assignments:  Off-Campus positions are found in local nonprofit, governmental, and community-based organizations with the goal of improving the quality of life for community residents (particularly low-income individuals) and/or to solve problems related to their needs. A service is considered open to the community if the service is publicized to the community and members of the community use the service. The services offered by the student must benefit the community as opposed to the agency or organization. These services include such fields as health care, child care, literacy training, education/tutorial, support services for students with disabilities, welfare, social services, transportation, housing and neighborhood improvement, public safety, crime prevention and control, recreation and community improvement. Students must be approved for work-study funding in order to qualify. Work sites and job descriptions will be discussed at the time of the scheduled interview.