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Work Study Program

Student Employment

Slightly more than 100 Ocean County College students work on-campus or perform community service work off-campus during the academic year. On campus they work in academic departments, laboratories, administrative offices, and the library. Many students perform clerical work. A student with specialized skills or training may find a job that uses that skill, for example, a lifeguard. Off campus employment at community service jobs, including reading and math tutoring are available.

Work Study Program
Work Study Program

Federal Work Study (FWS)

The Federal Work Study program(FWS) is a federally funded financial aid program. The purpose of the program is to place financially eligible students on campus in part-time employment so that students can earn funds while attending college. To be considered for FWS funds a student must file a FAFSA form by the priority deadline, and must be financially eligible according to federal and college policies. Students must fill out a Student Application and submit to the Financial Aid Office by July 15th of each year for consideration. Notification of job placement will begin after August 15th and continues though September. Student must file a FAFSA form each year and must continue to be financially eligible to participate.

Students with Federal Work Study may also use their award to work at off-campus community service agencies such as reading and math tutoring at elementary schools in the area, as well as for non-profit agencies.

Whether working on or off campus the FWS program provides the opportunity for students to interact with future employers, obtain references, meet college staff and administration, other students, have fun, and most importantly make a difference!

Wages and Workload

  • A student must work to earn a work award. A work award is not a guarantee of a job or earnings totaling the work award. A student may only earn up to the amount of the work award.
  • Student employees are paid $8.60 per hour for on-campus jobs and $8.75 for off-campus jobs
  • A work award may be made for Fall and/or Spring term(s).
  • The number of hours of work per week varies from job to job; however, the maximum hours a student may work is 10 hours per week within a term.
  • A student’s work schedule and the number of hours worked may vary from term to term because of their course load, class schedule, and extracurricular activities. The student must make work schedule arrangements with their supervisor each term.
  • If a student worked on-campus 10 hours per week for both terms (15 weeks/term), they would earn about $2,580. (That is, $8.38/hr x 10 hr/wk x 15 weeks x 2 terms = $2,580.)

How to Apply for a Job

The Financial Aid Office coordinates the College Work Study Program. Students with low EFCs are notified of their eligibility to participate in the work study program in a summer mailing; included in this mailing is a student application. The deadline for returning this Student Application is July 15th. You may also download this form, complete, and return by the deadline date. Once received the student is mailed a work study packet containing a W-4 IRS Tax form, and DHS I-9 Form for completion as well as more information about the FWS Program. When a file is complete and student eligibility is confirmed the job placement process begins. Notification of job placement begins on August 15th and continues through September. The Work Study Coordinator will contact the student in regard to job placement. Job openings are posted on a bulletin board in the Career Center.

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Student employees are paid every two weeks based on the number of hours reported on their time sheets. A paycheck is mailed to the student’s permanent mailing address. Student earnings are not credited directly to a student’s account.

First-time workers complete a W-4 IRS tax withholding form and a U.S. Department of Justice Form I-9. To complete the tax form the student must provide their social security number and determine the number of allowances for withholding tax they want to claim. Under the Immigration Reform Act the College is required to have every employee complete a Form I-9. To comply with this law a first-time employee must furnish one of the items listed in List A, or one of the items in List B plus one from List C. The student must show the Work Study Coordinator or financial aid staff member the documents at the time they sign up for payroll. The documents must be originals, and if a birth certificate is used, it must be certified.

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