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Federal Work Study

Federal Work Study Program


Montgomery Community College (MCC) sponsors a Federal Work-Study Program under the Higher Education Act of 1965, Title IV, Part C. The program provides jobs for admitted students who are taking at least six credit hours in their curriculum. These positions are on and off campus.



The mission of the Federal Work-Study Program at MCC is two-fold:


Federal Work-Study Procedures

The student applies for the Federal Work-Study Program by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The Financial Aid Office will determine eligibility for Federal Work-Study funds.



The Financial Aid Office provides a centralized department for all phases of the Work-Study Program. The Financial Aid Office determines final placement of a student into an employment position. No job should be promised to a student by a department/division. The Financial Aid Office coordinates all aspects of the program, interprets policies and provides support to students and supervisors.

Student Work Schedules

College departments/divisions vary in work schedules. Some offices require that all student hours be worked Monday through Friday from 8:00 – 5:00; other departments/divisions may require some night or weekend work. Students are not allowed to work over 6 hours in a day without a 30 minute break reflected on the timesheet. Students are not allowed to work more than 20 hours a week unless approved by financial aid office.


Hours Per Week

A student agrees in the Work-Study Contract to work a specific total number of hours during the academic year. When these hours are fulfilled, the student will have earned his or her total award. A student may not work over the contracted awarded amount. Any work over this amount constitutes an over-award in financial aid. In such a case, some other type of aid may have to be reduced. In some cases the amount of the award may be increased, provided fund are available. This increase would require a new updated contract be on file reflecting the increase.


Missed Work Hours/Sickness

Permission to be absent must be requested well in advance of the absence from the work-study supervisor. In case of emergencies, the student should notify their supervisor during the first day of their absence. Students using sickness as an excuse for being absent for more than one day must call the supervisor each day in order to give notice. Excessive absences would be grounds for a disciplinary notice and possible suspension from the program.


Work Assignments

Each day upon arriving for work, the student should consult the supervisor for work assignments. Work assignments may also be written or given in advance. Students are not allowed to study or leave the work site without the permission of the supervisor. Supervisors are to see that the student employees have enough to do.



Students should keep an accurate daily account of time worked on a timesheet.


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