Work-Study

The College Work-Study Program provides eligible ACC students with the opportunity to work part-time in a community service position or a field related to their area of study. Work-study employees work up to 19 hours per week, receive a bi-weekly paycheck, and are paid $15.00 to $15.50 per hour depending on their position (Effective 2019-2020).

COVID-19 Update


Eligible work-study employees were paid for any hours they would have been scheduled to work from March 23, 2020 to May 17, 2020 even though they were unable to work due to the COVID-19 closure.

Unfortunately, work-study was not available for summer 2020 and the Financial Aid Office is not processing new work-study requests for fall 2020. For other employment opportunities, we recommend reaching out to our Career Services team at austincc.edu/career. They help students build their career readiness and find a job regardless of work-study eligibility.

If you are a current or former work-study employee, the Work-Study/Outreach Coordinator will work with you to determine your financial aid options for the 2020-2021 school year. Contact workstudy@austincc.edu for questions.

To be eligible for work-study: You must show financial need on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and meet additional requirements and guidelines (listed below). Work-study is also limited, so it is best to apply early.

  • Student Eligibility Requirements
      • Complete the financial aid application process and demonstrate need based on federal guidelines.
      • Enroll in a minimum of six college credits in any term in which they occupy a work-study position.
      • Meet Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) standards each semester.
      • If awarded, pass a Criminal History Background Check and submit Human Resources paperwork.
      • If hired, students must abide by Work-Study Employee Guidelines.
  • Work-study Employee Guidelines
    • Once hired, students are ACC employees. They are expected to earn their award by performing job specific duties and abiding by the following guidelines:
      • Students must be enrolled in a least 6 credits on their declared degree plan. If their enrollment drops below half-time (6 credits), they are no longer eligible for work-study and must stop working immediately.
      • Students cannot start working until they have a timesheet on e-time.
      • Students cannot start working until at least one of their six total credits per semester has started.
      • Students cannot work more than the hours per week determined by the Financial Aid Office on their Interview Sheet (up 19 hours per week).
      • Students cannot work during scheduled class time.
      • Students must have a reasonable gap between class and work hours to allow them to arrive on time.
      • Students cannot work while school is not in session (e.g. intersession or college closure days due to holidays or the weather).
  • Eligibility for Non-Citizens and Undocumented Students
    • Non-citizens and undocumented students with Texas residency may follow these instructions to apply for state grants and work-study. You must also have authorization to legally work in the United States through the DACA program.

Part 1: Steps to Apply for Work-Study

Step 1: Complete the Financial Aid Application Steps
This includes submitting a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA.GOV) and turning in any missing documents listed on Self-Service. On the FAFSA, say “Yes” to the question asking if you are interested in work-study.

Step 2: Accept Your Awards
Accept (or reject) your financial aid awards on Self-Service. If you received a work-study offer, accept your award and continue to Part 2.

I Did Not Receive a Work-Study Offer
Unfortunately, work-study was not available for summer 2020 and the Financial Aid Office is not processing new work-study requests for fall 2020. For other employment opportunities, we recommend reaching out to our Career Services team. They help students build their career readiness and find a job regardless of work-study eligibility.

Part 2: Steps to Secure a Work-Study Job

Step 1: Complete a Criminal History Background Check
Returning and new work-study employees must notify the Financial Aid Office to initiate this annual process. If possible, we encourage you to complete the online background check before the orientation.

Step 2: Attend a Virtual Work-Study Orientation
If you are a new employee, the Work-Study/Outreach Coordinator will contact you to set up virtual orientation. This orientation will cover the eligibility requirements and guidelines for work-study as well as necessary documents needed to start working. Please contact workstudy@austincc.edu if you have any questions.

Step 3: Interview for a Position
Identify 2 - 3 positions that interest you below and get an Interview Form (i.e. “green sheet”) from the Work-Study/Outreach Coordinator for your top available choice. Students will then be responsible for scheduling an interview with the department they hope to work for.

Students returning to their previous position must still complete an Interview Form before each new school year and summer session.

NOTE: You are expected to remain in your position for one full semester. If you must resign before the semester ends, notify your supervisor and the Financial Aid Office as soon as possible.

Step 4: Submit Employment Paperwork
Submit your employment paperwork, including proof of eligibility to work in the United States, to the Work-Study/Outreach Coordinator at workstudy@austincc.edu.

Step 5: Start Working
The Work-Study/Outreach Coordinator will notify you and your supervisor with the official start date of your position. You cannot start working until your employment paperwork is processed and you have an online timesheet on etime.

Work-Study Positions

ACC offers a variety of on-campus and off-campus positions that pay between $15.00 - $15.50 per hour. While each position has different job duties, they each require the following required skills:

  • Ability to conform to an established work schedule.
  • Ability to communicate in a concise and effective manner.
  • Ability to understand and follow instructions.
  • Ability to use personal computers.
  • Effective interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to exercise tact and discretion.

Example Off-Campus Positions: America Reads and America Counts are programs that provides reading and mathematics tutorial services to elementary school children at various school sites. You must have college proficiency in reading and writing or mathematics to participate in this program. Positions are off-campus, and personal transportation required.

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