Federal Assistance with Education Expenses
The Federal Work-Study Program provides part-time jobs for students with financial need, allowing them to earn money to help pay for education expenses. The program encourages community service and work related to each student’s course of study.
The award is available to full and part-time students in associate programs and eligible certificate programs. Work-Study awards are offered first to students with exceptional financial need. Funding is limited and is awarded based on the availability of funds. This program is intended to help train students for the labor market as well as meet their financial needs.
Frequently asked questions about Work-Study
How do I apply?
You must complete the Cincinnati State job application located at and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.ed.gov . Cincinnati State’s priority deadline for the FAFSA is February 15th. Priority will be given to students who apply prior to the deadline.
How many credits do I need to be enrolled in for the term to use my work study award?
You must be enrolled for at least 6 credit hours to use your award. If you fall below 6 credit hours, your award will be cancelled.
How much will I make?
Cincinnati State's current rate of pay is $8.10/hour. Your total Federal Work-Study award depends on when you apply for the position, your level of need, and the funding level of your school.
How will I be paid?
You will be paid bi-weekly on the College's pay schedule. The amount you earn may not exceed your total semester Work-Study award. for the on-campus current pay schedule and click here for the off-site work-study programs current pay schedule. Your checks will be mailed to the address on file and direct deposit is also available.
Can I work as many hours as I want?
Students are not allowed to work more than 20 hours per week during the semester (depending on the amount of their award as it may be less in some cases) and no more than 25 hours per week during the semester break (depending on the amount of their award as it may be less in some cases). In addition, the amount you earn cannot exceed your total Federal Work-Study award each semester. Students make their own work schedules that meet the needs of the department they are working in and it must not interfere with their class schedules.
Can I work while the college is closed?
No. Work-Study students are not permitted to work while the college is closed under any circumstance.
Do I automatically get Federal Work Study every year?
No, it is not guaranteed every year. To reapply, you must file a FAFSA each year and you must be eligible for the program.
What kinds of jobs are available?
Work-study jobs are available on and off campus, and include clerical, tutoring, computer lab assistance, and more.
Why should I become a Federal Work Study student?
· Add valuable work experience and improve your resume for future employment
· “Test drive” potential career tracks
· Gain helpful references for future employment
· Reduce your loan indebtedness
· Develop your time-management skills
· Get connected to the college
· Flexible work hours to work around your class schedule
· Make money!
I'm excited! When can I start?
The Work Study Hiring process is comprised of three steps:
1. You must first complete the Cincinnati State job application located at
2. The second step is determining your FWS eligibility. The FWS Coordinator will consider your current award and your status with the Standards of Academic Progress (SAP).
3. If you are chosen for the job, the HR Department will contact you to complete their new hire paperwork. You will be notified by HR when you can begin your position.
Didn’t have your question answered here? Submit your question to the Federal Work Study Coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org
Currently Employed Work Study Students
Click here for a Work Study Time Sheet.
Time sheets are still due on the assigned date at 1 pm. Time sheets submitted late will be accepted but will not be processed until the following pay period.