Work Study Programs

What is Federal Work Study?

The Federal Work Study (FWS) program is a federally-funded work program that allow students who are eligible and have received a Federal Work Study Award, to earn money through a part-time job during the academic year.

To be awarded Work Study, a student must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Request to be awarded Work Study when completing the FAFSA
  • Demonstrate financial need by filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year (Indian Hills School Code: 008298)
  • Meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) standards
  • Complete the verification process

Dropping or withdrawaling from all courses or loss of financial aid eligibility will result in the loss of employment under the Work Study program.


Things you should know about federal work study.

  1. Being Awarded Federal Work Study Does Not Guarantee You a Job
  2. Not All Work Study Jobs are on Campus
  3. Work Study Funds Are Not Applied Directly to Your Tuition
  4. Federal Work Study is not Guaranteed from Year to Year

How do I know if I’m eligible for work study?

You have to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be eligible. When you fill out the FAFSA, select the box on the application that indicates you want to be considered for work study. Selecting this option doesn’t guarantee that work study will be included in your financial aid award, and it doesn’t bind you to accepting work study if it’s offered. 

Within a few weeks of filling out the FAFSA, you’ll get a financial aid award letter listing the amounts you’re eligible to get from loans, grants and work study. IHCC awards work study funds based on availability of funds, student financial need (as determined by the FAFSA) and other financial aid a student is eligible for. Although your financial aid award letter lists a certain amount for work study, that doesn’t mean you automatically get that money. You have to find a work study job, and then work enough hours to earn that amount. Students are not guaranteed a job if they are awarded work study and are responsible for securing their own work study jobs. As with any on or off-campus job, students must apply, and a great place to start is the links at the bottom of this page. Job postings can only be filled by students awarded work study.

If a federal work study award does not appear on your financial aid award letter, and you are interested in this program, please speak with a Financial Aid Advisor to discuss the impact federal work study would have on your other awards and the possibility of adding work study depending upon your eligibility.

If work study is on your financial aid award letter and you don’t intend to use it, you can decline the award on your WebAdvisor Account.


Where do I get my federal work study application?

Federal work study applications are mailed shortly before the beginning of fall term. After fall term begins, these applications will be mailed out weekly. If you did not receive an application, please visit the OneStop in the Bennett Student Services Center.


Where do I find an eligible job and how do I get hired?

After you’re offered a work study award, review our work study job listings at the bottom of this page. Contact the supervisor listed to set up an interview. Many work study jobs are on-campus and can include: grounds keeping, administrative duties in a campus office or working in the library. Other work study jobs may be off-campus at nonprofit organizations or private companies.


  • Take your federal work study award letter with you to your interview. This form is separate from your financial aid award letter. Once hired, have the supervisor complete the supervisor section.
  • Choose which original, unexpired document(s) to present from the List of Acceptable Documents on page 4 at Federal I-9. You may present either one selection from List A or a combination of one selection from List B and one selection from List C.
  • Students are required to have their payroll checks from IHCC directly deposited into a checking or savings account. Please bring your bank routing and account information or a blank check, this completed letter, and acceptable original document(s) to the Financial Aid Office located in the Bennett Student Services Center, or the Administration Building on Centerville Campus, to complete a hiring packet prior to your first day of work. Completion of hiring forms takes approximately 15-20 minutes.

How much do I get paid and how many hours can I work?

Work study pays $9.25 an hour. Students will be required to log their hours on the WebAdvisor timekeeping system. You can only earn as much through work study as the financial aid award stipulates. Students may work a maximum number of 20 hours per week and are paid twice monthly according to a payroll schedule. 


Work Study Positions: Ottumwa Campus


Work Study Positions: Centerville Campus


Work Study Positions: Community Service




Ottumwa Campus:

speer_profileJennifer Speer, Financial Assistance Specialist/Communication Management
Indian Hills Community College

525 Grandview Avenue Ottumwa, Iowa 52501

Phone: (641) 683-5326 or (800) 726-2585, ext. 5236
Email: [email protected] 


 Centerville Campus:

ocker_profileAngela Ocker, Receptionist & Learning Resources Assistant
Indian Hills Community College

721 North 1st Street Centerville, Iowa 52544

Phone: (641) 856-2143, ext. 2200 or (800) 670-3641, ext. 2200
Email: [email protected]