Federal Work Study



The Federal Work-Study (FWS) Program provides jobs for students with financial need, allowing them to earn money to help pay education expenses. The program encourages community service work and work related to your course of study on the campus. If you did not indicate that you would like a federal work-study award, please contact the Financial Aid Office so that we are able to place you on the waitlist. These funds are limited and are awarded based on need and a first-come, first-serve order.

What are the qualifications?

To qualify for Federal Work-Study, a student must first submit a FAFSA to College of Marin (OPE ID: 001178) and indicate on their application that they are interested in Work-Study. In addition to:

  • Have an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of zero-required for priority consideration. The EFC is calculated using the information provided on FAFSA.

  • Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) which is determined at the end of each semester (maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA, 67% Pace, and not Max in units). 

  • Be enrolled and remain in at least 6 units. 

  • Must not be in default and or overpayment. 

How much will I make?

Students may be awarded up to $10,000 for the Fall 2022- Spring 2023 academic year at a rate of $15.00 per hour.  

How will I be paid?

You will receive a paycheck once a month (on the tenth) from the college OR Direct Deposit to your indicated banking institution.

Can I work as many hours as I want?

Students will be required to work a minimum of 10 hours but no more than 25 hours per week. When assigning work hours, the Federal Work-Study coordinator will consider your class schedule and your academic progress.


Contact your campus Enrollment Services Office at (415) 457-8811 x8822 or email at financial.aid@marin.edu


How do I start?



Award Awarded students receive an email notification with directions for Handshake. If you did not receive an award email but are interested in FWS contact the Enrollment Services office. 


Once the student has identified the position they are interested in applying for, they must contact the department supervisor listed on the job posting and attach the following:

Cover letter
A copy of your federal work-study award email notification

Interview The supervisor will contact the student to schedule an interview
Hiring  Supervisor notifies Enrollment Services of the selected hiree 
New Hire Onboarding FWS Coordinator will notify the student to attend the mandatory orientation

Mandatory Orientations 

To all continuing and new students:

- FWS team will provide an overview of the program and address students responsibilities.

- New Students (only):
Federal Work Study team will notify Human Resources that the student has completed the orientation and is now ready for the hiring process. The Human Resources department will send an email the student to the student's MyCOM Portal email with directions to complete the hiring packet and provide links to mandatory requirements to work on campus.

TB & LiveScan Results

The Health Center and Campus Police department notify Human Resources that the student is cleared to work

Clearance to work

When a student is clear to work, FWS Coordinator notifies department supervisor and student