Work Study & Other Employment
Federal Work-Study (FWS) is a program subsidized by the federal government that provides part-time job opportunities for students who have need-based financial aid eligibility.
FWS is a great way to earn money to help pay for your educational expenses. Along with gaining valuable work experience, FWS employers understand you are a college student first and are typically very flexible in scheduling. FWS is limited, but on-campus jobs are not. Even if you are not awarded work-study, there are employment opportunities available to students on campus.
Check Handshake, where the Center for Student Opportunity (CSO) staff members post new positions from a variety of sources almost every day including all on-campus employment. You can log in with your Alma College username and password up to a year after graduation.
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Work-study is a federal program that reimburses employers for a portion of student earnings. Students qualify by filing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and demonstrating a high level of financial need. If you qualify for work-study, your financial aid award letter will list it.
Important Note: Being awarded work study does NOT guarantee you a job. A student is responsible for finding employment on campus and should use Handshake to locate available positions.
Community Service Definition
Community services are defined as services that are identified by an institution of higher education through formal or informal consultation with local nonprofit, government, and community-based organizations, as designed to improve the quality of life for community residents, particularly low-income individuals, or to solve particular problems related to their needs. These services include:
To be considered employed in a community service job for FWS purposes, an FWS student does not have to provide a “direct” service. However, the student must provide services that are designed to improve the quality of life for community residents or to solve particular problems related to those residents’ needs. A school may use its discretion to determine what jobs provide service to the community, within the guidelines provided by the statute, regulations, and the Department.
The definition of community services for FWS includes work in “service opportunities” or “youth corps,” as defined in Section 101 of the National and Community Service Act of 1990:
Service opportunity. A program or project, including a service learning program or project, that enables students or out-of-school youth to perform meaningful and constructive service in agencies, institutions, and situations where the application of human talent and dedication may help meet human, educational, linguistic, and environmental community needs, especially those relating to poverty.
Youth corps program. A program, such as a conservation corps or youth service program, that offers full-time, productive work (to be financed through stipends) with visible community benefits in a natural resource or human service setting and that gives participants a mix of work experience, basic and life skills, education, training, and support services.
The definition of “community services” also includes service in agencies, institutions, and activities that are designated in Section 124(a) of the National and Community Service Act of 1990. These include the following conservation corps and human services corps programs, as well as programs that encompass the focus and services of both.
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Employee / Student Information
All on-campus employers who are looking to hire a student staff member must complete the request form to post their position. Once the form is completed, it will be routed to the Career Development staff to post on Handshake.
Applications (including resumes) will be automatically emailed to the contacts listed below by Handshake for consideration.
As a part of the hiring process, hiring managers should complete the following: