Obtaining a Federal Work Study Position
Step 1: Determine Federal Work Study Eligibility
To determine eligibility for the Federal Work Study Program, students must email the Federal Work Study Division at fws@BerkeleyCollege.edu with their name and Student ID Number. Inaccurate or missing Student ID Numbers will not be checked for eligibility.
If a student is deemed eligible, the student will receive an eligibility notice through email. Ineligible students will receive a letter of ineligibility and will not be able to participate in the Federal Work Study Program for the quarters they have been deemed ineligible.
For more information, see FWS Eligibility.
Step 2: Apply to Federal Work Study Positions
A list of available Federal Work Study positions can be found on the Federal Work Study Job Board.
Students are highly encouraged to consult with a Career Counselor in the Career Services Department prior to applying so that they can get help with their résumé and interviewing skills. In addition, the Career Services Department will be able to help students identify the positions that would complement their existing skill sets and future career goals.
Step 3: Get Hired
Hiring managers will review the student applications. Should they find that a particular student is a good fit for the position, they will call and schedule an interview with the student. Then, the student must await the employer’s hiring decision.
Step 4: Complete New Hire Paperwork
Once hired, a student may not begin working immediately. The student must complete the online paperwork that will be sent to the email initially provided in the application, which will be sent within one to two days of hire.
Step 5: Complete Post-Hire Requirements
Once the new hire paperwork is complete, the Federal Work Study Department will send the student an Acknowledgment Letter that will disclose their start date, hours per week, and other pertinent information. The student may only work on or after the date listed on the Acknowledgment Letter.
On the first day of work, students must complete an I-9 form. This is a two-step process. First, students should log on to http://www.newi9.com, enter employer code 14022, and complete Part I of their I-9. Then, the student will have to see an I-9 verifier and provide identification documents to complete the process (see list of I-9 verifiers).
If you will be working for the College and not at an off-site employer, you will also need to complete the following trainings:
The Data Security, FERPA, and Ethics trainings can be found on Blackboard. Although Federal Work Study positions are designed to be flexible, FWS positions also come with responsibilities. All Federal Work Study students are expected to follow the guidelines below. Continued failure to fulfill these responsibilities may result in the Federal Work Study student’s termination.
Federal Work Study Student Responsibilities