Student Employment/Federal Work Study

The Federal Work-Study (FWS) program is a student employment need-based financial aid program in which students may be employed by OCC (on-campus) or be employed off campus by certain agencies, private non profits and for-profit organizations. Federal Work-Study is funded by the federal government and Oakland Community College.  The Federal Work-Study Program provides part-time employment to undergraduate students who need the earning to help meet the costs of their postsecondary education. It is awarded to students based on need and who are enrolled at least half-time during the period of their employment. Unlike grants and scholarships, work-study awards are earned and paid through the payroll process in the form of a paycheck. Work-study awards and amounts are subject to eligibility requirements and fund availability. FWS employment encourages jobs that will complement and reinforce student's educational program or career goals.

Student Employment

  • Students may work up to a maximum of up to 20 hours per week on campus or up to 30 hours per week off campus.
  • The rate of pay starts at $12.00 per hour.
  • There is a twenty-five cent per hour increase for every 300 hours worked with a maximum wage of $12.25 per hour (on-campus only).
  • Student must be enrolled in at least 6 credits hours while employed (credit hours must be financial aid eligible).
  • Students must be awarded a FWS award through their financial aid award.
  • Students must complete and have an approved Student Employment Application (JP11) on file
  • Student positions are offered to students via competitive interviews.
  • All student employees, regardless of citizenship status, must complete I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification forms.

Apply for Student Employment/Federal Work-Study (FWS)

Step 1

Complete the current year Free Application for Federal Students Aid (FAFSA) and submit all required verification documents requested and receive your FA award notification. Check Financial Aid Self-Service on My OCC to verify your financial aid award.

Step 2

Complete the Student Employment Application (JP11)

Step 3

Review the Student Employment Job Board once your Student Employment Application has been approved.

Step 4

Interact with prospective employers on campus and off campus.