Working on campus while studying at CCA, even a few hours each week, can help provide you with the necessary resources to meet your expenses.
Students receive one of two types of work-study awards: Federal Work-Study (FWS) or Institutional Work-Study (IWS). Learn more »
Your financial aid award letter indicates which type of employment you have been awarded. Regardless of which type of award you receive, you will receive a paycheck for your hours worked. These earnings are yours to use toward your expenses during the academic year.
Students who receive an FWS award will have part of their wages paid by the federal government and another part by CCA. Because FWS is a need-based student aid program, earnings are excluded from income when the recipient applies for financial aid for the following year. CCA pays the full wage for those students who receive an IWS award.
CCA does not place you in a job. You must conduct your own job search to identify opportunities that best fit your interests, skills, and class schedules.
Limited Student Employment
CCA has limited funding for student employment and therefore has to limit each student's employment allocation in order to maximize the number of students who work on campus. A student's financial aid award indicates the amount that may be earned through FWS or IWS employment.
Employment Is Not Guaranteed
An offer of work-study is not a guarantee of employment or a cash award. Student employment awards cannot be included when you complete your Student Accounts Billing Worksheet because they do not guarantee employment or earnings.
Student Employment Eligibility Requirements
- You must have a valid social security number (SSN) to work on campus.
- You must be one of the following to be eligible for FWS: U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or other eligible classifications of non-citizen. International students are only eligible for IWS.
- You must have filed a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to participate in the FWS program.
- Students who do not qualify for FWS may work on campus through the IWS program.
- Both FWS and IWS-eligible students must be enrolled and maintain enrollment at CCA in at least 6 units during the fall and spring semesters.
- To work during breaks, holidays, and summer sessions, you must be pre-enrolled in at least 6 units (i.e., two courses) in the upcoming semester.
- During the summer, you may work if you are enrolled in the summer semester, even if you are not intending to enroll for the upcoming fall or spring semester.
How Students are Paid
All students must regularly submit time sheets by the scheduled payroll deadlines. Students may not save their time sheets to submit at the end of the semester. The Payroll Calendar lists the work periods and the time sheet due dates.
Students must allow adequate time for their supervisor to sign their time sheet. Students who have more than one position at CCA must submit a separate time sheet for each position.
Pay periods run from the 1st to the 15th of the month; and from the 16th to the last day of the month.
Approved time sheets should be submitted to the Payroll Office within three business days after the pay period ending date. Paychecks are available on the 15th and last day of each month.
CCA recommends signing up for direct deposit. Direct deposit ensures that a student's paycheck goes into an identified bank account, allowing students access to their earnings without worry of misplacing a paycheck.
For those students who forego the direct deposit option, checks may be picked up at either campus.
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