TCC’s Federal Work-Study program may help you cover college expenses

What is a Federal Work-Study job?

With TCC’s Federal Work-Study (FWS) program, you can earn money, enhance your employment skills and gain valuable work experience.

A wide range of work-study opportunities are open to TCC students. Most jobs are on TCC campuses, but a few community service opportunities are available at off-campus locations.

Benefits of Federal Work-Study

Flexible schedule: Work-study students work no more than 20 hours per week, and work hours are scheduled around your classes.

Quick commute: Most work-study jobs are right on your campus.

Future financial aid eligibility: Money you earn through Federal Work-Study is removed from next year’s FAFSA and is not counted as income.

Practical and meaningful work: Many students find work-study jobs related to their majors or career interests, and they gain experience in their fields. Some students use their work-study eligibility to serve their community.

Student success: Studies have shown that students who work no more than 20 hours a week are more engaged with their colleges and often have higher grade-point averages.

Who is eligible for Federal Work-Study?

You must be a current student enrolled in at least 6 financial aid eligible credits during the Fall and Spring semesters (12 credits total during the academic year). Eligibility for Federal Work-Study is determined by your financial need, based on your FAFSA application and meeting the Standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP).

Work-study eligibility does not guarantee job placement.

How much will you earn with a work-study job?

First time work-study employees earn $8.00 per hour. Students that are re-hired earn $10.00 per hour.

How to get started

In order for you to be eligible for the Federal Work-Study program, you must do all of the following:

  • Submit the FAFSA for the aid year in which you will be attending
  • Submit all requested documentation listed on your myTCC To Do List in your Student Center
  • Qualify for federal financial aid
  • Demonstrate remaining financial need
  • Be enrolled in at least 6 or more financial aid eligible credits
  • Meet TCC’s Standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress.


Applying for a work-study position

Complete the online Work-Study application. If an employment opportunity is available, you will be contacted to interview with the hiring supervisor. Selected candidates must complete the FWS employment packet prior to beginning work.

The number of students awarded Federal Work-Study depends on availability of funds and number of eligible work-study applicants.

Work-study placements are approved by the Financial Aid Office on a first-come, first-served basis according to when the campus Financial Aid Work-Study Advisor receives completed employment packets.

Most placements for the Fall semester are done in July, August and early September. New work-study awards for the Spring semester are made in January. Funding for the Summer session is based on the student’s eligibility for the upcoming financial aid year.

Contact your campus Financial Aid Office.


What is the hiring process?
  1. Submit the Online Federal Work Study Application for determination of eligibility.
  2. A supervisor interviews work-study candidates for available FWS positions.
  3. Students are selected for positions and given a FWS employment packet to complete.
  4. The campus Work-Study Coordinator reviews the employment documents, updates campus placement records and forwards the documents to the Central Financial Aid Office.
  5. Central Financial Aid determines if the work-study award can be certified and notifies Human Resources.
  6. Human Resources will notify the applicant’s supervisor to confirm the approval to work.
How is my schedule determined?

Your new FWS supervisor will contact you about developing your work schedule, and discuss when and where to report for work. You are required to submit a copy of your work schedule to the Work-Study Coordinator on your campus.

You will be expected to work the entire semester or term, and preferably a full year.

You may not work more than 20 hours a week.

The amount of your work-study award, your hourly rate of pay, and the number of weeks remaining in a semester determines the length of your FWS placement and the number of hours you will work each week.

  • All work must occur on TCC premises or at official off-campus sites designated in writing by the Campus Financial Aid Office.
  • Work hours cannot conflict with your classes.
  • You must clock out for personal time, to eat or to study.
  • You may not work from home or in any other location.

Read the TCC Federal Work-Study Student Guide 

Tips for being a student employee

Your performance as a student employee can earn you positive references when you seek employment later.

  • Establish a work schedule and always be on time.
  • If you have to be absent, contact your supervisor directly.
  • Dress appropriately.
  • You are representing TCC. Use appropriate behavior and language.
  • Do not study on the job.
  • Use college equipment and supplies only for official college business.
  • Enter your work hours accurately. 

Financial Aid Offices

Financial aid help is available 24/7/365 by phone and online

Regular office hours are:
Monday and Tuesday: 8:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday to Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


Pass Building, Room 175
1428 Cedar Road
Chesapeake, VA 23322

Phone: 855-308-5614


Andrews Building, Room 1120
300 Granby Street
Norfolk, VA 23510

Phone: 855-308-5614


Building A, Room A152
120 Campus Drive
Portsmouth, VA 23701

Phone: 855-308-5614

Virginia Beach

Building B (Bayside), Room B205
1700 College Crescent
Virginia Beach, VA 23453

Phone: 855-308-5614